As the last days of summer approach, it’s time to start harvesting the garden vegetables and heading to the farmer’s markets to stock up on local produce. This was the first year I was able to successfully grow some green beans, so I was excited to try out a few new things with them. I love roasting vegetables. I think it gives them a whole new dimension of flavor. And it’s easy! I added a little garlic to my green beans, tossed them in the oven, and side dish perfection was born! This recipe for Roasted Garlic Green Beans is so simple and so delicious, you are going to want to get your hands on some green beans stat!
If you find that you are not a big fan of green beans, it’s probably because you have experienced the overcooked mushiness that results when they are steamed too long. I hear you, I don’t like that either! Roasting the beans will soften them, but will also give them some crispiness due to the skins browning up a little. Even if you think you don’t like them, I urge you to try roasting them and see what a difference it can make.
Although these Roasted Garlic Green Beans are delicious on their own, they are the perfect side dish to The Perfect Pork Chop or any other grilled or roasted meat.
Please feel free to eat these with your fingers. I do it all the time, usually while taking the pan out of the oven!
- 1 pound of green beans, washed and trimmed
- 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil, melted butter/ghee, or melted coconut oil
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black or white pepper (A few grinds from your pepper mill will do.)
- A few pinches of garlic powder (here or here)
- Preheat you oven to 400 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Spread the green beans on the baking sheet and toss with the olive oil or melted fat and the salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- Spread the green beans out into a single layer and place in the oven to bake for 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes take the baking sheet out and toss the beans around. Spread them out again and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
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