Cilantro and Garlic Green Beans

 

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These cilantro and garlic green beans are amazing!!! By far my most favorite side dish. I have always loved cilantro and green beans but have never tried to put the two together. One day my friend Mercy brought these cilantro garlic green beans over for dinner, and we couldn’t get enough of them! They were so delicious! Of course, I asked her for the recipe. It was actually supposed to be a recipe for asparagus but she substituted with green beans and the cilantro was her own idea. I have since made this side dish about 5 times and adapted the recipe a bit to my own liking. I would honestly eat it every single day if I could! Lol. If you love green beans as much as I do, give this recipe a try. The cilantro gives it such a refreshing new taste! Or if you are not a cilantro fan, you can just omit it, however it pretty much makes this dish, so keep that in mind.

Cilantro Garlic Green Beans {4 Servings}

Ingredients:

  • 1.25 LB Green Beans
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 5 Cloves of Garlic (More or less, depending on your love of garlic)
  • 1 bunch Cilantro
  • Salt/Pepper to taste

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Directions:

1) Fill a big pot, less then half way with water and bring it to a boil on high heat, meanwhile wash the green beans and cut the ends off.

2) When the water boils, throw the green beans in. Cook until the green beans get SLIGHTLY soft to the touch(you don’t want them to be too soft of they will taste mushy!).

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3)When they are slightly soft and done cooking, drain out all the water. Then do the prep work, peel the garlic cloves and set aside. Wash the cilantro, then cut it into small pieces, set aside. Try not to cut the stems of the cilantro, although some will slip their way in anyhow, but you will need the leafy part of the cilantro.

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4) In a large frying pan, melt the butter on medium-high heat. I did 6.5. Then add the olive oil. When it heats up, immediately add the green beans to the pan.

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5) Fry them a few minutes, then add the cilantro in. Keep cooking and mixing until the green beans are crisp and slightly browned just a little bit, or more, depending on how you like your green beans.

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6) In the last few minutes add the garlic through the garlic press into the pan. Mix very well to evenly distribute. Let the garlic fry for a few minutes until it gets tender and some get slightly golden but do NOT over cook the garlic because it will burn very fast and not taste good.  *These are even good served cold!!!*

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