Cuban Green Beans

"This dish is fast and easy and the addition of the lime juice is a delightful change for green beans-very refreshing! From 3 Guys from Miami. Enjoy!!!"
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  • In a saucepan, place the green beans in boiling, salted water. Cook, uncovered, until fully cooked, about 6 minutes. If you like your beans w/ a little crunch, cook 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and drain.
  • Sauté the onion in olive oil until the onions begin to get limp. Add garlic and ham or bacon and cook for 2 additional minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in fresh lime juice.
  • Pour sauce over cooked green beans and toss to coat evenly. Season w/ salt pepper to taste.
  • Sprinkle chopped fresh cilantro on top and serve.

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  1. Simply delicious! I was very pleasantly surprised at how well the lime went with the green beans. After cooking the bacon, I sauteed the onion and garlic with some bacon grease along with the evoo in a separate pan. Cook green beans until just tender crisp. This recipe tastes light and crisp. Loved it!
  2. Ok, so I had to rewrite my review since it has been a while. I have finally tried the green beans with the lime and it still taste marvelous. I truly love this side dish. I am still yet to try it with cilantro. My husband isn't a fan of cilantro, so I kind of am nervous to make it with that for his sake. But, I make this often and it is wonderful. Now...I did try a shortcut before. I tried to cook it all in one dish. DON'T DO IT. It does not taste like what it is suppose to. Cook it separate just as instructed and it is so good. I probably add a little more olive oil since I do a lot more onion and garlic. I love green beans cooked in many different ways. You can't compare this to regular green beans...this is meant to be different with a Cuban twist, so keep that in mind. Still love these.
  3. We really enjoyed these. I served them for shabbat. We don't eat pork so I left it out. Next time I may try vegan bacon but I don't think it's necessary. I got 2 bags of fresh trimmed and washed green beans which were microwavable in the bag so that's how I cooked them and then added them to the onion mixture. I used 1 large onion cut in half and sliced thin rather than chopped. I tossed it together in the pan and added the lime juice. I loved this and so did the family. Thanks for posting, I'll make this again.
  4. I am thinking that I just didn't cook these correctly because they were no way as good as my normal green beans which are basically the same without the ham, lime juice and cilantro. They did match well with my other cuban food though so that was a plus.



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