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