Nothin’ like great fresh green beans made simple! And you can’t get much simpler than this! I had some fresh blanched green beans in my freezer that I got this year and decided on a new way to fix them. I didn’t want to heat the house with the oven but wanted a nice roasted flavor to them. They were so sweet and earthy and flavorful. So here you are.

Pan Roasted Green Beans

Serves 4-6

1/2 lb. fresh or fresh frozen green beans
1-2 T olive oil
1 T butter
1 tsp fresh lemon zest
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Toss the beans in 1 T olive oil and drop in the pan and turn down the heat just a little bit. Cook the beans covered for 20 minutes or so, tossing several times. Turn down the heat if you need to cook them slower. You want them beginning to brown on some sides and smelling roasted, but still plump and green. Add some oil if needed. When they are cooked as you like them, add the butter, lemon zest and pepper and toss well. Serve with salt and pepper on the side. You can add some herbs or crushed red pepper as you wish. I like them just like this with my main course.

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