Among the vegetables that we grow in our garden, we love green beans, and this is one of our favorite recipes with fresh green beans!
We generally steam our green beans in a steamer in our microwave...
or you can blanch the green beans in boiling water for a few minutes.
3 cups of Green Beans, cut into 1- ½ inch slices, and either steam or blanch them (see note below), until cooked to "al dente"
2 ounces of Pancetta, diced
2 cloves of Garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of Red Onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons of Blue Cheese, crumbled
1 tablespoon of Butter
1 tablespoon of Chives, finely chopped
2 slices of the Compound Butter with Blue Cheese, Garlic and Chives (and that recipe can be easily accessed by clicking on that recipe title)
While we generally steam our green beans in a steamer in our microwave, you can blanch the green beans in boiling water for a few minutes (somewhere between 2-5 minutes, but check them frequently and pull them out of the boiling water when they reach the desired level of cooking, and then immediately drop the green beans into ice water. Once the green beans have cooled, remove the green beans from the ice water and set them aside.)
In a large sauté pan, cook the pancetta over a medium-high heat until it is crisp, and then remove the pancetta from the pan and set it aside. Melt the 1 tablespoon of butter in the same sauté pan. Then, add the garlic and the red onion to that sauté pan, and cook it until it is translucent – about 3 minutes. Add the green beans to the sauté pan, and sauté them for about 3 minutes over a medium heat. Add the pancetta and the blue cheese crumbles. Cook for another minute or two, and then move to a serving dish and immediately top with slices of the Compound Butter with Blue Cheese, Garlic and Chives. As the compound butter begins to melt, “toss” the green beans to make sure that the melted compound butter coats all of the green beans. Top with the chopped chives and serve.