• 4 cups of fresh whole green beans
  • 1 large leek, chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 2 tbsps butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Gardening is one of the most rewarding hobbies  that I have.  I am still always amazed every time a flower blooms or a vegetable produces, not to mention the reward of being able to walk to my garden and decide what will be prepared for that day’s meal. Today’s meal brought me quite a surprise.  I knew my green beans and garlic were ready to harvest so I pulled the beautiful long slender plants out of the ground of what I thought was garlic and to my surprise there was no garlic but leeks.  I don’t even remember planting leeks but I was delighted.  I knew exactly what I was going to prepare, sauteed fresh green beans and leeks, so delicious!  Hope you give this dish a try and if you are gardening, maybe put the right label on your plants or maybe NOT if you love surprises!!

Directions:

  1. Snap ends from your beans and wash thoroughly.  Put beans in a pot of water and bring to a boil.  Continue boiling for about 5 minutes.
  2. Immediately remove beans from boiling water and put in a bowl of ice cold water to stop the cooking process; drain.
  3. In a large skillet, add olive oil and butter.  When butter has melted, add leeks, cook for 1-2 minutes stirring occasionally.
  4. Add minced garlic and walnuts.  Stir and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add green beans and toss to coat thoroughly with the olive oil, butter mixture.  Add salt and pepper.
  6. Cook until beans are crisp tender, stirring as needed.