Roasted-Garlic Green Beans

Published October 1, 2007.

Why this recipe works:

Roasting garlic tames its bite and intensifies its sweet flavor; unfortunately, it also takes about an hour. For a simple green beans recipe, we wanted to find a faster way to achieve the nutty flavor and buttery texture of roasted garlic. We did this by microwaving sliced cloves with oil and… read more

Roasting garlic tames its bite and intensifies its sweet flavor; unfortunately, it also takes about an hour. For a simple green beans recipe, we wanted to find a faster way to achieve the nutty flavor and buttery texture of roasted garlic. We did this by microwaving sliced cloves with oil and sugar. The garlic achieved a creamy texture quickly, and the added sugar helped promote its caramelization, which lent our Roasted-Garlic Green Beans recipe sweetness without oven-roasting the garlic. Allowing the softened garlic and steamed green beans to brown together in a skillet gave us perfectly cooked beans studded with soft, nutty “roasted" garlic flavor—in about 10 minutes.

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Serves 6

Microwave temperatures vary-be sure to check the garlic after 45 seconds to see if it has softened. Both red and white wine vinegar work well here.

Ingredients

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