Recipe by blucoat
With the Milanese sauce, these beans shine at room temperature and could be done a day in advance. They will hold at room temperature about 2 hours; after that, chill them. This recipe is from "The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper", by Lynne Rosetto Kasper & Sally Swift. Cook to Cook: You’ll need 2 large, shallow pans for the beans. Ideally they should be straight-sided sauté pans, but big slope-sided skillets work, too. Improvise lids with cookie sheets or foil. Serves 10 to 14 as part of a large meal.
- good tasting extra virgin olive oil
- 3 lbs green beans, stem ends trimmed
- salt and fresh-ground black pepper
- 1 cup water
- 5 large garlic cloves, crushed
- 1⁄3 cup water
- 2 shredded large lemons, zest of (organic preferred, after all, you are eating the entire rind)
- 1 cup Italian parsley, leaves tightly packed
- salt and fresh ground black pepper
- 1 1⁄2 cups coarsely-grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
Directions See How It's Made
- 1. Lightly film the bottom of 2 straight-sided 12-inch sauté pans with oil. Heat them over medium-high heat. Add the beans and generous sprinklings of salt and pepper, and sauté for 2 minutes, or until the beans begin to brown. Add 1/2 cup of water to each pan and immediately cover it. Turn the heat to medium-low. Cook the beans for 15 to 20 minutes, checking them often for burning and adding a little water if necessary. You want the beans very tender.
- As the beans cook, make the gremolata. Put the garlic and 1/3 cup water in a coffee mug and microwave 1 minute, or simmer in a small saucepan to 1 to 2 minutes (this mellows the garlic just a little). Then, in a food processor, mince together the garlic (with its liquid), lemon zest, and parsley. Salt and pepper the mixture to taste.
- When the beans are tender, uncover them, cook off any liquid in the pan, and turn them into a serving bowl. Toss the beans with the gremolata and the grated cheese.