Fresh or frozen green beans (I use the frozen kind from Costco because every time I get them fresh, they end up rotting in my fridge).
3 large cloves of garlic
1 Tbsp olive oil (butter is also yummy)
2/3 cup cubed ham (see my “Crock Pot Ham” recipe)
½ tsp kosher salt
Dice ham and set aside.
Place clove of garlic on cutting board. Lay large chef’s knife on its side over the clove. Hit knife with heel of hand just over the clove. This will break open the garlic peel and make it very easy to sluff off the peel.
Mince garlic cloves (Mince means to chop very finely 🙂 ).
Add kosher salt to the minced garlic on your cutting board (you can use regular salt but the course salt is more abrasive). Again with the knife turned on its side, press on the top of the knife as you slide it over the garlic. Repeat several times until you have a slightly chunky paste. The purpose of this is for the salt to draw out the liquid in the garlic while the abrasive grains crush the pulp and tame the harsh garlic flavor. This technique works very well for making sauces and dressings too.
Boil green beans for 2-3 minutes or until slightly tender. You DO NOT want them fully cooked at this point.
Drain green beans and set aside.
Add green beans and ham. Saute for 2-3 minutes or until the green beans are al dente (tender but still slightly firm). Don’t be afraid to keep tasting them along the way to make sure they are cooked to your liking and seasoned with enough salt.