This is my number one go-to side dish. I use it for everything - Thanksgiving, fancy dinner parties, and even as an easy weeknight side dish - and the best part is that everyone loves it. I keep it simple by using bagged green beans that are already trimmed. You could also use fresh green beans from the bin, but you have to trim and and blanch them first. I'm usually running around like a crazy lady, finishing up all kinds of last minute things before a dinner party, so I like to save time and buy the fresh bagged beans that steam in the microwave. I also like to make these ahead of time and then just reheat them briefly right before serving.
Green Beans with Shallots and Garlic
1 - 12 oz. bag fresh green beans (such as GreenLine that are already washed and trimmed, and can be steamed in their bag in the microwave)*
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
Salt and pepper
Steam the green beans in the microwave according to package directions until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. While the green beans are cooking, heat the olive oil and butter together in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot and cook until softened. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds longer. Add the cooked green beans and toss to coat. Sauté for 1-2 minutes or until heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
*You could substitute fresh, loose green beans, but they need to be washed, trimmed, and blanched first.
Source: A Much Kneaded original