Green Beans and Potatoes

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When it comes to culinary classics, there’s something enchanting about the simplicity of a dish that lingers in our hearts and on our taste buds. This timeless side, Herb-Infused Green Beans and Golden Potatoes, is a perfect example. It’s a versatile accompaniment that pairs harmoniously with a wide array of main courses, from grilled chicken to crispy fried fish. In fact, you could even elevate a humble hotdog with this delectable side!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 2 medium-sized Yukon Gold potatoes, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Begin by bringing a large pot of water to a boil. Add the trimmed green beans and cook them for approximately 2-3 minutes until they turn a vibrant shade of green and remain crisp-tender. To halt the cooking process, transfer the beans into a bowl of ice-cold water. Once they’re thoroughly cooled, drain them in a colander.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cubed potatoes with olive oil, dried basil, oregano, and garlic powder. Ensure the potatoes are evenly coated.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add the coated potatoes. Stir occasionally as they begin to take on a golden-brown hue.
  4. To prevent over-browning, lower the heat to medium-low, ensuring the potatoes cook until they achieve both a golden-brown exterior and a tender interior. This should take a few minutes, and don’t forget to stir occasionally.
  5. Now, introduce the well-drained green beans and the tablespoon of butter into the skillet. Season the entire ensemble with salt and freshly ground black pepper, adjusting to your taste. Continue cooking for an additional 3-5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.

Tips:

  • Opt for fresh green beans and remember to trim the ends for the best results.
  • While Yukon Gold potatoes are the go-to choice, you can experiment with red or Russet potatoes for variety.
  • To expedite potato tenderness, consider covering the skillet with a piece of loosely placed aluminum foil once the potatoes are browned.
  • If you love the robust flavor of garlic, feel free to incorporate minced garlic cloves during the last 30-60 seconds of cooking, being mindful not to overcook and cause bitterness.
  • Add a delightful twist by tossing in chopped onions about 10 minutes before the potatoes are done or by sprinkling crispy cooked bacon.
  • For an extra burst of flavor, enhance your dish with a few pinches of Cajun seasoning, providing a depth of taste without overwhelming heat.

Storage:

  • Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator and easily reheated in the microwave for another delightful meal.

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