How to Make Green Beans

Planning to serve green beans for dinner tonight...again? Instead of steaming or boiling them, try a new and easy method for how to cook green beans: roasting. The beans come out tender but with just the right amount of crispness, and they're filled with flavor, thanks to the caramelizing that occurs with roasting. You can toss in herbs and spices, but the beans are just as delicious left plain. In addition to the overall "healthiness" of being a green vegetable, recent research suggests that green beans are a good source of the mineral silicon, essential for bone and connective tissue health. And, since 60 percent of all green beans are grown in the United States, we are often supporting local farmers when we purchase this versatile vegetable.
-Hey everyone, Judith here. Well, today, I'm gonna be showing you how to make Basic Roasted Green Beans, one of my favorite side dishes. So what you'll need for this is 1 pound of green beans with the stem ends trimmed; 1 to 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil; 1/2 teaspoon of Kosher salt; pepper; and fresh lemon is optional too. So, this is very, very easy and really quick and just fantastic dish. You can have with chicken, beef, fish, anything you want. Love, love, love green beans, so very, very versatile. So, what we've gonna is we've got our greens beans here in a bowl and we're just gonna pour over our olive oil onto it. We'll put our salt on there too, give that a sprinkle, a little bit of pepper on their too. Now, obviously, if you wanna spice it up a little bit, you can put, you know, like a nice Moroccan spice on it, maybe a little bit of paprika, cayenne peppers, something like that, but for the basic green beans, we're just gonna do all need is olive oil salt and pepper. That is what most people have in there kitchen anyway. So, just to let you know, we have preheated our oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit. So, the oven is getting nice and hot and ready for our green beans. Alright, so here we have a nice heavy baking sheets right here and if you'd like you can line it with parchment paper. Instead we've just spread it with a little bit of cooking spray just so the green beans don't stick and all we gonna do is put them onto the pan like so. Make sure we get all that extra olive oil and salt on there too, lovely. Now, these are gonna go in the oven at 475 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes or until they get nice and tender, kind of that nice brown color and they will shrivel up just how I like them. Now, if you'd like, you can put them more towards the edge of the baking dish and that we will get a nice brown color a little bit faster. So, there you go. So, these go in at 475 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Well, I've taken my oven roasted greens from out of the oven and they are exactly how I want time, nice and shriveled up, a little bit brown and just looking beautiful, nice and soft and tender. So, we're just gonna pop these green beans back into the bowl. We stir them in or you can get a crushed bowl that's fine too. Now, if you find your green beans little bit dry because sometimes they dry in the oven, you can add a little bit of olive oil, but also just perfect like so and we'll just stir those up because we will have some of that salt in that bowl. So, stir them up like that and last but not the least, let's put on a little pinch of our pepper and some lemon juice on there too, which goes fantastic. Now as I say, this was a very basic one. We just do really olive oil and salt and pepper to roast them, but of course if you wanna go little bit [unk] you can get, you know, lemon and thyme infused oil. You can add some almonds to it. You know, you can really jazz up these greens beans and they are great for thanksgiving just as a side dish, you know, for any of your protein that you're doing or as simply a bowl like that. So, there you go everyone. That's how you make you oven roasted green beans.

What You'll Need

  • 1   pound green beans, stem ends trimmed

  • 1 - 3   tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2  teaspoon kosher salt; more to taste

  •  Freshly ground black pepper

  •  Fresh lemon juice (optional)

Step By Step

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 475 degrees F. Line a heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet with parchment. In a medium bowl, toss the green beans with enough of the olive oil to coat generously, the salt, and a few grinds of pepper.
Turn the beans out onto the baking sheet and arrange them so that they are evenly spaced. If the beans cover the baking sheet sparsely, arrange them toward the edges of the baking sheet for the best browning. Roast the beans until they're tender, a bit shriveled, and slightly browned, about 15 minutes.
Return the green beans to the bowl in which you tossed them with the oil, or put them in a clean serving bowl. If they seem a bit dry, drizzle them with a little oil. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and lemon juice or another flavoring, if using.

Once you know how to make green beans by roasting them in the oven, there are many delicious ways to dress them up: Try making a rosemary-lemon thyme oil to drizzle over your beans, or go exotic with a dusting of Moroccan spice rub on your beans before you roast them in the oven. Or roast them according to the recipe and then dress them with shallot butter or ginger, lemon and soy sauce.
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