Awesome Green Beans

Anita said that I must make these green beans again, and soon. She proclaimed them as ‘awesome’, and I definitely agree. This is not a complicated recipe, but it gives green beans fantastic flavor. They need help, let’s face it. No one has ever sat down with a bucket of cooked beans with nothing else on them and said “dang, these are awesome!”. Sit down with a bucket of these beans you will say “dang, these are awesome!”.
Awesome Green Beans

Do not skimp on the chicken broth. I (almost) always use my homemade broth, but you can use a good quality store-bought broth or stock instead. For something totally different, substitute smoked turkey broth.

Awesome Green Beans

Course Side
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh green beans stems removed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth plus more if needed
  • 1/2 cup roasted red bell pepper chopped (I use Merzetta's roasted pepper deli strips)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-high heat.
  • Add the garlic and onions and cook for one minute.
  • Add the green beans and cook until bright green, about 1 minute.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and stir.
  • Reduce heat to a low simmer. Cover but leave the cover slightly ajar and simmer until most of the liquid evaporates and the beans are crisp-tender, 20-30 minutes. Add more broth if needed.
  • Check the seasoning and serve.

Copycat Outback Steakhouse Green Beans

Green beans are in season, which means I usually grab a pound or so every few days at the grocery store. Although I often grill my green beans if I’m already outside grilling, this copycat Outback Steakhouse green bean recipe is a big favorite of ours. The beans take only a few minutes to make.
Copycat Outback Steakhouse Green BeansYou can also add carrots to these beans for a great twist on the restaurant classic. Just peel a few carrots and slice them thin. Put them into the boiling water for a minute or two before adding the beans so they all come out done and tender at the same time.

For another variation, and one with a little kick, toss in a few pinches (or more) of dried red pepper flake when you saute the beans. Also try my awesome green bean recipe.

Copycat Outback Steakhouse Green Beans

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh green beans trimmed as desired
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Add the beans and boil for 6-8 minutes or until just turning tender.
  • Drain and rinse with cold water.
  • Melt the butter in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add the sugar and let dissolve, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the beans and toss to coat in the butter mixture. Saute for 3-4 minutes, flipping once or twice.
  • Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Barbecue Green Beans

Why have boring canned green beans when with the addition of a just a few ingredients you can have outstandingly good green beans. These barbecue green beans have a great barbecue flavor. A hint of bacon (with a bit of crunch). And a bit of sweet. You will absolutely devour these.
Barbecue Green BeansI may add a small pinch of red pepper flake to these barbecue green beans next time I make them. Not too much, but I love a little heat with my sweet. If you have a favorite BBQ sauce you can use it in place of the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Start with about 1/2 cup of the sauce and taste to see if you might want a bit more.

Also try my fire-eater green beans.

Barbecue Green Beans

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cans unsalted cut green beans drained
  • 6 slices thin-cut smoked bacon chopped
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion diced
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Open green bean cans, drain, and add to a 9" x 9" casserole dish.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the bacon and cook until starting to crisp, stirring often.
  • Add the onion and cook until the bacon is crisped and the onion starts to soften.
  • Add the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Stir and cook another 3 minutes.
  • Pour bacon mixture over the beans and stir to combine.
  • Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes.