Roasted-Garlic Green Beans
Green beans and roasted garlic can be a great side dish-but there's nothing great about waiting an hour for the garlic to roast.
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 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.