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Green Beans with Leeks & Feta

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These green beans are simple to prepare & I keep 'em light and healthy. The flavor of the crisp beans shines through & they are made more special with the addition of feta cheese & sautéed leeks. 

Healthy string bean recipe for Thanksgiving & family meals.
Yields1 Serving
Prep Time5 minsCook Time10 minsTotal Time15 mins
 1 pound Green Beans, washed and trimmed
 1 cup – or- 2 Leeks, sliced small use the light green & white parts
 4 Garlic cloves, diced small
 1 tablespoon unsalted Butter
 1/2 teaspoon fresh Lemon juice – from 1/4 Lemon
 pinch of Cracked Black Pepper
 pinch of Smoked Paprika
 pinch of Sea Salt
 1-2 ounces of crumbled Feta Cheese
 Lemon Zest for garnish
1

Prepare a large bowl with ice water and set aside. Have a colander or large strainer ready in the sink.

2

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a rolling boil.

3

Add green beans to pot and blanch (cook) for 1-2 minutes until bright green.

4

Immediately dump beans into a colander and then plunge them into the ice water bath. This will set the beans, keep them bright and stop them from cooking further.

5

In a large sauté pan melt butter over medium-high heat on the stove top.

6

Add leeks & garlic with pinches of the black pepper, salt, and smoked paprika.

7

Stir and sautée a few minutes until softened and fragrant.

8

Reduce heat to medium.

9

Add beans and lemon juice to the pan and toss to coat.

10

Cook for about 2 more minutes until flavors combine and beans cook a little bit more. Top with feta cheese crumbles and some lemon zest.

Notes
11

Simply adjust ingredients according to how many people you are serving. These beans make for great leftovers too!

12

I love Sheep Milk Feta for its very pronounced taste. A little goes a long way. Use your favorite variety of feta.

13

As always, use your own taste buds to determine how you want to season your Green Beans with Leeks & Parmesan.

14

We like our beans tender with a bit of snap, if you like them softer you can cook them a few minutes longer in the boiling water.

Ingredients

 1 pound Green Beans, washed and trimmed
 1 cup – or- 2 Leeks, sliced small use the light green & white parts
 4 Garlic cloves, diced small
 1 tablespoon unsalted Butter
 1/2 teaspoon fresh Lemon juice – from 1/4 Lemon
 pinch of Cracked Black Pepper
 pinch of Smoked Paprika
 pinch of Sea Salt
 1-2 ounces of crumbled Feta Cheese
 Lemon Zest for garnish

Directions

1

Prepare a large bowl with ice water and set aside. Have a colander or large strainer ready in the sink.

2

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a rolling boil.

3

Add green beans to pot and blanch (cook) for 1-2 minutes until bright green.

4

Immediately dump beans into a colander and then plunge them into the ice water bath. This will set the beans, keep them bright and stop them from cooking further.

5

In a large sauté pan melt butter over medium-high heat on the stove top.

6

Add leeks & garlic with pinches of the black pepper, salt, and smoked paprika.

7

Stir and sautée a few minutes until softened and fragrant.

8

Reduce heat to medium.

9

Add beans and lemon juice to the pan and toss to coat.

10

Cook for about 2 more minutes until flavors combine and beans cook a little bit more. Top with feta cheese crumbles and some lemon zest.

Notes
11

Simply adjust ingredients according to how many people you are serving. These beans make for great leftovers too!

12

I love Sheep Milk Feta for its very pronounced taste. A little goes a long way. Use your favorite variety of feta.

13

As always, use your own taste buds to determine how you want to season your Green Beans with Leeks & Parmesan.

14

We like our beans tender with a bit of snap, if you like them softer you can cook them a few minutes longer in the boiling water.

Green Beans with Leeks & Feta

~ Marla Meridith

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