No, this was not a mistake – I really did burn my green beans on purpose! This is my famous recipe, one that is requested by family at the holidays. Over the years as I’ve made green beans, I’ve noticed that the burned beans were the tastiest ones, so each time I’d burn more and more of them on purpose! lol. This recipe is delicious and P90x friendly. It’s not labor intensive, however it does take a very long time to cook, so you’ll need to try this one when you’re not in a hurry. It’s worth the wait!
- 1 bag frozen whole green beans (frozen work better than fresh, actually)
- 1 tsp. garlic salt OR 2 cloves finely diced fresh garlic and salt
- Pepper to taste
- 4 Tb. olive oil
- 1/4 cup white or red onion (optional – not pictured)
Burnt Green Beans Recipe Directions:
- Empty bag of frozen beans into a skillet over medium-low heat (add fresh garlic and onion here too, if you’re using them).
- Drizzle with two Tablespoons of olive oil, mixing to coat.
- Sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper.
- Cover and cook for 15 minutes.
- Uncover and cook for 30 – 45 minutes, adding the remaining 2 Tb. of olive oil if it gets too dry.
- Beans will get quite brown and burned – that’s the point! The more time you have and the browner they get, the yummier they are. (See my P.P.P.S.)
P90x Portion Approach Servings:
1/4 recipe is 1 vegi serving, 1 fat serving.
P.S. I have not done it this way, but if you have already used your fat serving for the day, you can try making this with low-sodium chicken broth instead. You will probably have to use more of it and it will change the flavor somewhat (probably for the better), but that would cut out the fat serving. If I were doing that, I’d spray with nonstick cooking spray and add broth a couple of Tablespoons at a time.
P.P.S. If you’re not a good cook, this is a good one to try. It’s very forgiving. Heck, you’re SUPPOSED to burn it!
P.P.P.S. 12/12/10 Update: I have recently learned that there IS such thing as cooking these beans too long! lol. On Thanksgiving this year I made these and the turkey was delayed, so I let them cook for over an hour and a half! Let’s just say that while they were still edible, EVERY SINGLE bean was black all the way through. They looked like cooked worms! We all ate them and enjoyed them enough, but I don’t think I’ll do that again. =)