Why did I plant green beans if I don’t like to eat them? Well, I dunno… they’re easy to grow and they’re really healthy right? So now that they are growing, I have to pick them, snap them, cook them and eat them. Maybe it will be character building for my son to help out. Most vegetables are better roasted, so I tried it with my green beans. There are a few tips and tricks to get the most flavor out of any roasted vegetable, and I used them all to make beans appetizing. I consider this recipe a success. I ate my beans, and I liked it.
-Fresh green beans
-Sea salt, sugar, pepper, olive oil
Preheat the oven to 450 and if you have a convection option, use it. Place your pan in the oven to preheat with it. I like to line the pan with foil for easy clean up.
Trim and wash the beans, then let them dry thoroughly. It is important to start with a DRY vegetable if you’re trying to get a crisp edge. Any moisture will steam the vegetables. Slice the red onion very thin and toss with the beans. Add about 2 tablespoons of olive oil – more or less depending on the amount of beans you’re working with. Season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Here’s a little tip: sugar will make anything brown better, so add just a pinch of sugar to get those tasty crunchy browned spots.
Spread the beans on the hot pan in a single layer. Again, if your pan is crowded the vegetables will steam instead of getting crisp around the edges. My pan was a little too crowded and the beans were borderline too soft. I should have used two pans. Roast until desired doneness. I like my vegetables pretty well done which takes 10-15 minutes, but if you’re getting a good browning action, these beans would be good still a little crunchy. You can take the pan out and stir halfway through cooking.
Finally, remove the pan from the oven and zest your lemon over the hot beans – just a little zest. Then squeeze about half the lemon juice over the beans and stir around before serving. They’re really yummy from the onion and zing of the lemon – they hardly taste like green beans at all.