Alternate title: "You actually made green beans taste good!"
This was Dan's reaction to these beans. Truth be told, I borrowed this idea from Pam in Oregon, whose pictures always put mine to shame. But let's just enjoy this nice side dish, shall we?
3 cloves garlic, diced
1-1/2 pounds frozen whole green beans
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 425F. Pour a little olive oil in the bottom of an ovenproof dish, approx. 7"x10". Add the garlic and stir to coat. Put it in the oven for a couple of minutes, until the olive oil heats up and the garlic begins to brown, then remove the pan. Rinse the frozen green beans in cold water to remove all frost. Spoon the green beans into the olive oil, sprinkle with a small amount of salt and pepper, then stir the beans to coat them with olive oil and distribute the garlic among them. Cook about 6 to 7 minutes, remove from the oven and stir the beans from the center of the pan to the outer edge. Return to the oven for another 6 to 7 minutes. 12 minutes cooking time makes the beans tender-crisp; cook them a little longer if you want them softer. Serve at once.
This is a great winter recipe. It uses frozen veggies, which are much easier to obtain and store (especially for those of us who venture out only rarely), and throws a great deal of flavor onto your plate. Thanks, Pam, for the inspiration!