November 29, 2003

Green Beans with Coriander and Garlic

The last couple of years I've been assigned the squash dish for Thanksgiving dinner. However, this year green beans were requested. I always have an interesting time finding things that are intriguing taste-wise but will travel well (I have the furthest to go usually in transport) and be easy to serve without taking up too much oven or stove-top space prior to dinner. In any case, here's this year's choice, which was both well-received and easy to make as well as to serve.

Green Beans with Coriander and Garlic
(as seen on Sara's Secrets on the Food Network)

2 pounds tender young green beans, washed and tipped
3 quarts boiling water, with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt added
2 large garlic cloves, peeled and minced
2/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh coriander leaves (cilantro)
5 to 6 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP lemon juice
3 to 4 TBSP cider vinegar
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Cook the beans in the boiling salted water in a large covered saucepan over moderate heat 10 to 12 minutes until tender. Meanwhile, place the garlic and coriander in a large heatproof bowl. As soon as the beans are done, drain well, return to moderate heat, and shake the pan 30 to 40 seconds to take out all the excess moisture. Place the hot beans on top of the garlic and coriander and let stand 10 minutes. Add 5 tablespoons of the olive oil and toss well to mix; cover and marinate in the refrigerator 3 to 4 hours, or better if overnight.

About 45 minutes before serving, bring the beans from the refrigerator and let stand still covered, on the counter. Just before serving, add the lemon juice, 3 tablespoons of the vinegar, and the pepper. Toss well, and add more vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper, if needed.

Posted by Jennifer at November 29, 2003 8:59 AM
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