What’s Cookin’? Merritt’s Confetti Green Beans [Recipe]
Fun fact, I never used to eat any kind of bean. The only beans I like are green beans, but sometimes, just regular old green beans can be a little bland. You can add potatoes, some meat drippings, but here is a green bean recipe that not only livens things up but it adds an extra texture or two.
In our weekly What's Cookin'? segment, Merritt Bates-Thomas, Diabetes Population Health Specialist with the Green River District Health Department, is sharing a tasty take on green beans. The best part, it's super easy!
MERRITT BATES-THOMAS'S CONFETTI GREEN BEANS
- 1 pound fresh green beans
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 Tbsp. minced onion
- 1 Tbsp. dried Italian seasoning
- 2 oz. diced pimento
- 1 can sliced water chestnuts
Place green beans in a colander and rinse well. Break or snap green beans to the desired size.
Place in a 3-quart saucepan and add 3-4 cups of water.
Add olive oil, garlic, and minced onions, and stir into green beans.
Cook over medium heat for about 45 minutes with a lid on the saucepan.
Reduce heat to low.
Add Italian seasoning, pimento, and water chestnuts.
Stir into the mixture and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
Note: 2 to 3 cans of French-style green beans can be substituted for fresh green beans. Rinse and cook in tap water. Follow directions but eliminate 45-minute cooking time for green beans. Add all ingredients together and cook for 15 minutes to blend the flavors.
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