Chef John's Sandy Beans
One quest that never ends for a cook is the search for ways to make common side dishes seem a little more special. Here we're coating the beans with a crispy, cheesy, pleasantly-gritty bread crumb mixture. This was inspired by a similar trick I like to use for finishing pastas, and if there's one thing I know about people, it's they like crispy and crunchy toppings.
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To make your own garlic-infused olive oil, heat 1/4 cup of olive oil in a skillet over low heat. Add a sliced garlic clove. When the garlic starts to bubble slightly, turn off the heat and let the oil cool to room temp. Do not brown the garlic. Strain.
The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of bread crumbs ingredients. The actual amount of bread crumbs consumed will vary.