Sautéed Green Beans with Olive Oil and Garlic
This is a quick, easy and delicious recipe for fresh green beans. Sautéing and lightly browning the beans in the beginning adds depth of flavor, similar to roasting or grilling. Serve on a busy weeknight or for a special occasion.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound green beans, cleaned and stem tips removed
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1-1/2 teaspoons dried marjoram leaves
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
- Water as needed
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh chopped marjoram leaves (optional garnish)
Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, then the beans, salt and pepper. Sauté until lightly golden, about 3 minutes. Add the marjoram and garlic; sauté another minute. Add just enough water for moisture, about 3 tablespoons. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and cook 15 to 20 minutes or until beans are the desired tenderness. Uncover and cook until any moisture is evaporated. Garnish with the marjoram. Serve immediately.
Notes: The beans are very good hot, warm or room temperature, so they can be served as side dish on a buffet or for a potluck event.