The Simple Recipe for Taking Green Beans from Blah to Brilliant
- 2 cups heaping (12 ounces) green beans, stems removed
- 1 tablespoon butter, plus more for serving
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
Bring a medium to large pot of salted water to boil. Add green beans, and boil, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender, about 4 to 5 minutes.
Remove beans from heat, strain, and shock a large bowl of ice water until cool, about 3 minutes. Remove from water, and pat dry.
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add beans, season with salt and pepper, and stir until warm and evenly covered in butter, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately. Garnish with another pat of butter, as pictured, if desired.