Chargrilled French Beans with Chili & Garlic

Chargrilled French Beans with Chili & Garlic

Finally: a recipe that makes it easy to follow our Momma’s advice about vegetables.  These chargrilled French beans with chili & garlic take plain ol’ green beans to a whole notha’ level.

She is right, you know… about veggies.  The more the better!!  Veggies are low in calories, high in fiber, filled with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, etc, etc, etc… ALL VEGGIES ARE SUPERFOODS!!!  So why is it that they typically get the last thought at mealtime… and the smallest corner of our plates??

Chargrilled French Beans with Chili & Garlic

Well, I’ll be honest… sometimes vegetables are just boring, am I right?  Plain old steamed vegetables.  Ho hum.  Take it or leave it and sometimes you just want to leave it.

But these chargrilled French beans… you will not want to leave them.  Oh no, you might even shove everything else on your plate over to make room.  They’re crisp, sweet, smoky, garlicky, with a little bit of kick from the chilies.  Kind of addictive, really.  And soooo easy to make!

Chargrilled French Beans with Chili & Garlic

Just blanch your green beans for 90 seconds, then stop the cooking in a pan of ice water…

Chargrilled French Beans with Chili & Garlic

Dry them on a kitchen towel…

Chargrilled French Beans with Chili & Garlic

Heat a griddle pan and quickly grill the beans in batches until they get grill marks (I pressed them down with a saucepan lid)…

Chargrilled French Beans with Chili & Garlic

While the beans are grilling, heat your chilies & garlic in some olive oil…

Chargrilled French Beans with Chili & Garlic

And pour it all on top along with some lemon zest.  Voila!  There you go.  In the time it takes your main dish to bake or grill, you have an amazing veggie dish that will not take a back seat.  This method works great with broccoli and zucchini as well (don’t blanch the zucchini, just slice it thin, dry it, & grill it).

Oh yes, veggies just stepped up… our Mommas will be so proud of us.

Chargrilled French Beans with Chili & Garlic

Chargrilled French Beans with Chili & Garlic

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Chargrilled French Beans with Chili & Garlic

Ingredients

  • 500 gm (1 lb) French beans, washed & trimmed
  • 3 T. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 long red (mild) chilies, thinly sliced (remove seeds if you want it really mild)
  • coarse salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • lemon zest to serve

Instructions

  • In a large pot of boiling water, blanch the beans for 90 seconds. Transfer immediately to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain, then dry in a kitchen towel. Toss the beans with 1/2 T. of the olive oil.
  • Heat a griddle pan (or skillet) over high heat. Grill the beans in batches for about 5 minutes or until they have grill marks. Transfer grilled beans to a serving plate.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat the rest of the olive oil (2 1/2 T.) over low heat with the chilies and garlic. Watch carefully and remove from the heat just when the garlic begins to turn golden- it will keep getting darker even off the flame.
  • Pour garlic/chili oil over the grilled beans. Season with salt & pepper & the lemon zest. Makes 4 large servings.
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Comments

    • says

      Hi Angelita, thanks for your comment… while green beans are moderately high in purines, studies actually show that eating these higher-purine vegetables does not cause an increase in uric acid or arthritis/gout attacks. So you can feel free to enjoy these green beans without worrying! For those with arthritis due to high uric acid, it’s best to limit meats, certain seafoods, high-fat dairy, & alcohol. Thanks for asking and have a great day!

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