Recipe: Garlicky Green Beans

Garlicky Green Beans are often thought of as pickled and made by that nice Aunt Ida.  This recipe never makes it into a jar as the full flavors and textures are just fine coming from a saute pan.


  • TBD  Fresh garlic, minced at the quantity that suits your fancy – we use 3 to 5 cloves
  • ½ lb   Fresh green beans, trimmed and blanched until bright green
  • 3 TB  Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 TB  Butter
  • 1 halve Fresh lemon, squeezed
  • To taste Sea salt and fresh, ground black pepper
  • (optional) Fresh mint, minced and Fresh lavender buds


  1. Heat saute’ pan to medium-high with olive oil and butter until butter is melted; add blanched (lightly steamed or boiled until bright green in color and drained) green beans to pan and stir well to evenly coat.
  2. Add minced garlic and stir well and allow to cook until garlic is translucent and just light brown (but not burned black); remove from heat and squeeze fresh lemon juice into beans; salt and pepper to taste.
  3. (Optional) Toss with fresh minced mint and/or lavender buds if you’d like.