These green beans were the side dish my grandmother served most often because we all love them. They are done but not mushy like canned beans.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
5
Yield:
4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a stainless steel pot over medium-high heat, combine green beans, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Cook, covered, until the beans begin to sweat. Remove lid and stir occasionally until beans are tender.

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  • When the beans and spices have begun to 'burn' on the bottom of the pan, which will lend a grilled flavor, stir in the olive oil and turn off heat. Cover, and let stand a few minutes. Scrape the bottom of the pan to incorporate the 'burnt' spices. Beans should have a dark, caramel color, but not black.

Nutrition Facts

114 calories; protein 2.5g 5% DV; carbohydrates 9.7g 3% DV; fat 8.3g 13% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 8.3mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
08/12/2004
After reading the other posts I was NOT going to sacrifice my pans for a 'decent' dish. SO I sprayed it with cooking spray then let everything get nice and toasty. It worked fine and I didn't lose my favorite saute pan. The next time I made it I revamped the entire recipe by adding fresh garlic and onion and a small squirt of lemon juice to 'carmelize everything instead of blacken everything. That just tasted better for us. Thanks for the jumpstart! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/23/2003
I cut the oil dramatically like to a splash. I sooo wanted to add it while the beans were "burning" but restrained myself. The taste was good but it did take a while to get to the "burn" stage. Nobody commented on if they liked or disliked them so I'll hang with a 3. Thanks Shearyah. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 37
  • 4 star values: 34
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
08/12/2004
After reading the other posts I was NOT going to sacrifice my pans for a 'decent' dish. SO I sprayed it with cooking spray then let everything get nice and toasty. It worked fine and I didn't lose my favorite saute pan. The next time I made it I revamped the entire recipe by adding fresh garlic and onion and a small squirt of lemon juice to 'carmelize everything instead of blacken everything. That just tasted better for us. Thanks for the jumpstart! Read More
(94)
Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2006
I was a little scared to try this but I am glad I did! This was very tasty. I will warn you, your pan will be very dirty! But here is a great tip... Put some dish soap in the pan and a few inches of hot water. Boil on the stove top and the burnt on spices with just lift off. You may need to scrape the pan a few times as well. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2003
A little oily but good- Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/26/2006
I added lemon pepper by accident and it was pretty good. I would think you can pretty much add any favorite seasoning to suit your family. I liked the slightly "burned" or grilled flavor too. I added about a tablespoon of white wine right before I turned the heat off to help get all the bits off the bottom of the pan; that helped with clean-up too! I also soaked the pan over night and had no problem getting it clean. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2005
I make these beans a lot! My husband doesn't eat green beans any other way. I add fresh garlic to the beans instead of powder. I also add a splash of Balsamic Vinegar on occassion. We really love these! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/04/2004
I was inspired to try this because my mother makes a similar dish. The difference being the green beans are sauteed in freshly chopped onions and olive oil. The garlic was a nice addition. We prefer the flavor of the fresh onions but will now add garlic as well. Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/23/2003
I cut the oil dramatically like to a splash. I sooo wanted to add it while the beans were "burning" but restrained myself. The taste was good but it did take a while to get to the "burn" stage. Nobody commented on if they liked or disliked them so I'll hang with a 3. Thanks Shearyah. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2006
I made it exactly as instructed and it was outstanding! I was skeptical when I first read it but this is now going to be my standard method for cooking green beans! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2004
Excellent!! My mother-in-law cooks hers with hot Italian Sausage - an old Italian recipe - and it is fantastic. This is healthier and very good too. I sauted in the olive oil for a few minutes before turning off the heat and added fresh minced garlic. Read More
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