Boston Market Green Beans Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp dried thyme (optional)
  • 2 tbsp chicken broth (or vegetable broth)

Instructions

  • Prep the Beans: Wash the green beans and trim off the ends. If you prefer shorter beans, cut them in half.
  • Blanch (Optional but Recommended): Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and cook for 2-3 minutes until they are bright green and slightly tender. Drain and immediately submerge in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. This helps preserve their color and texture.
  • Sauté: Heat the butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  • Cook the Beans: Add the green beans (blanched or unblanched) to the skillet. Season with salt, black pepper, onion powder, and thyme (if using). Toss to coat.
  • Add Flavor: Pour in the chicken broth. Reduce heat to low, cover the skillet, and simmer for 5-8 minutes, or until the beans are tender and the liquid has mostly reduced.
  • Serve: Taste the green beans and adjust seasonings if needed. Serve immediately while hot.

Tips

  • Bacon Boost: For a richer Boston Market flavor, cook 2-3 strips of bacon until crispy at the beginning. Remove the bacon, crumble, and then saute the garlic in the bacon grease. Add the green beans and toss with the bacon bits at the end.
  • Fresh Herbs: If you have them, substitute the thyme with a small sprig of fresh rosemary when cooking the beans.
  • Spice it Up: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a bit of heat.

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