We cook then cool the beans in advance so they can be heated up and seasoned moments before the meal. If you don't like tarragon, substitute dill or leave it out completely. Source: EatingWell Magazine, December 2006

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place a large bowl of ice water next to the stove.

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  • Add half the green beans to the boiling water and cook until tender-crisp, about 4 minutes. Transfer the beans with a slotted spoon to the ice water to cool. Repeat with the remaining beans. Place a kitchen towel on a baking sheet and use a slotted spoon to transfer the beans from the ice water; blot dry with another towel.

  • Just before serving, heat oil in a large Dutch oven or large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the green beans and stir. Add parsley, tarragon, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until heated through, 1 to 3 minutes.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2 and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts

92 calories; 5.6 g total fat; 148 mg sodium. 10 g carbohydrates; 2.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
06/22/2016
Too complicated...but yummy! I find the whole ice water thing and cooking beans in half portions beforehand a bit needlessly elaborate. I just steamed all the beans for 2 min rinsed under cool water drained a bit then threw into hot garlicky butter/olive oil etc for another min or two until just cooked through. Very tasty. Thanks for the inspiration. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
03/02/2014
These were good but not great. They were almost too garlicky for me and I like garlic. I'll make these again but I'll use a bit less garlic next time. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2011
Best Green Beans Ever! I will never make green beans any other way again. I added tons of garlic and it tasted wonderful! The beans tasted like they were from a gourmet restaurant...very crisp and fresh tasting! Also the tarragon made all the difference. Pros: You can make ahead great variation Cons: A bit more time consuming Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
It was better than my mom's fresh green beans Lori Houston TX Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
I don't go crazy for green beans but this was such a good quick recipe I had to try it. Miami FL Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
The garlic flavor is not at all overpowering - very nice and easy preparation! Karen Perrysburg Oh Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
Even supposed garlic haters gobbled this up. Compliments all around the table. Anonymous Bellingham Wa Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I'm not a big veggie eater but this was a wonderful recipe. Wonderful flavor and pretty easy to make! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Tried this for Thanksgiving and found it to be a little boring and not very garlicky. I love garlic! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Delicious! This was super easy to make and also is a way to get me to get into green beans even though I'm not a green bean person. I semi browned the garlic on accident but that crispy garlic made it even more yummy. I would definitely make this again! Read More