Dinner Party Sides: Garlic Green Beans
I spent this past weekend with my family and friends (some old some new) up in Vermont. We had a great time and there of course was LOTs of great food! My sister and her boyfriend brought up these insane 3 inch thick bone in ribeye steaks for dinner on Saturday night. See below for photographic evidence of these bad boys. I had every intention of taking a after photo... but I forgot... sorry!
Honestly they where some of the best cuts of meat I've ever had the pleasure of eating. I may or may not have told them that if they plan to visit me that those steaks MUST come with them or else they are not allowed in Boston. I drive a hard bargain what can I say?
After an activity packed day on Saturday we had the main event... Dinner! Dinner ended up being one of my favorite kinds of dinner parties to be a part of, we completely divided up the labor.
Dinner party 101 - ASK FOR HELP! Do not try to do everything yourself, or else you will end up in the kitchen freaking out and not enjoying your guests, this has happened to me a few times. Also you end up trying to play catch up during dinner because you missed all of cocktail hour! Less than ideal.
We ended up being 12 for dinner (well really 11 plus 1 a 3 1/2 year old), my sister and her boyfriend took care of the protein (the steaks I spoke about above), a family friend brought the salad, and I was responsible for the sides!
I decided to make two of my favorite dinner party sides that are easy and pack a punch in the flavor department - garlic green beans (recipe below!) and rosemary and garlic roasted potatoes (recipe coming soon!)! I also love these dishes because it is very easy for even a friend who does not cook to help you! For example, washing and trimming green beans is a great task to farm out or chopping potatoes.
Green beans are a great dinner party dish, they are easy to prepare - you can blanch or roast, and they are CHEAP. My roommate and I have been joking that we are on a "green bean diet." It's not actually a diet but we have been eating a lot of green beans. Anyway, you can get 2 lbs of green beans for less than $2! It's insane in my opinion.
So, grab your friends, some wine and throw together a dinner party! I promise you can do it! Just remember to keep it simple and ASK FOR HELP!
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Garlic Green Beans
- 1 1/2 lbs Green Beans
- 2 tbs butter
- 3 garlic cloves smashed
- 3 tbs olive oil
- salt & pepper to taste
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Meanwhile trim and wash your green beans. Once the water is boiling you add the green beans cooking for 2 -3 minutes. Remove the green beans from the boiling water and immediately submerge them in ice water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
Add the olive oil and butter to a large pot over medium heat. using the flat edge of your knife smash the garlic cloves to remove the skins, then add them to the pot. You will cook the smashed garlic for around 5 - 10 minutes, until the garlic becomes golden brown. Do not let the garlic burn (burnt garlic = bitter , which = yuck). Remove the golden garlic from the pot and discard.
Add the green beans and sauté for 5 minutes until reheated and coated in the olive oil, garlic, and butter mixture. Serve immediately!
Pro Tip 1: The green beans and garlic butter oil can be made in advance! the green beans can be made up to 6 hours in advance, the garlic oil can be made up to 2 days prior to the main event. Simply reheat the oil and add the green beans to bring them to temperature.
Pro Tip 2: When you smash garlic and heat it as we do above the garlic will infuse the oil with tons of garlic flavor, more so than if we diced the garlic. This way your guests will get the aroma and flavor of garlic without biting down on large chunks of garlic.