Garlicky Green Beans with Pine Nuts

Great side dish!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup (about 2 ounces) pine nuts
  • kosher salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and cook until just tender, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the pine nuts and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes.
  3. Drain the green beans and transfer to the skillet. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and toss to coat. Transfer to a serving bowl.
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Green Beans with Pine Nuts

A new side dish with some of my favorite things – pine nuts and bacon!

Serves 3 to 4

Ingredients

Green Beans with Pine Nuts

  • 1 lb Fresh Green Beans
  • 4 slices Bacon (diced)
  • 1/4 cup Pine Nuts (toasted)
  • 4 cloves Garlic (thin sliced)
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Clean and snap the Green Beans and boil in salted water for 6 to 7 minutes until “cooked but crisp” stage.  Drain well.
  2. Toast Pine Nuts and set aside.
  3. Cook diced Bacon until fat is rendered but Bacon is still soft.
  4. Remove Bacon from pan, leaving dippings.
  5. Add sliced garlic to Bacon renderings and gently heat to release flavor.
  6. Turn up heat to medium add Butter, Green Beans and Bacon cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until Beans reach desired doneness.
  7.  Add Pine Nuts during final 2 minutes.
  8. Salt and Pepper to taste.

Hummus with Garlic and Pine Nuts

This recipe is liberally modified from the recipe for “Real Hummus” on allrecipes.com.  I have made the Allrecipe’s version before, but it lacks enough tahini and the garlic kick I want.  So here is the best version I make:

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs garlic, minced
  • 2 cans (16 oz) garbanzo beans (reserve liquid from 1 can)
  • 1 whole lemon
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • cayenne pepper
  • pine nuts

Directions

  • Combine beans, garlic, tahini, sea salt, black pepper, olive oil and reserved liquid from beans in food processor.
  • Squeeze lemon fully into food processor (watch for seeds)
  • Blend thoroughly until creamy
  • Transfer to a serving dish or tupperware container.
  • Drizzle olive oil over top, sprinkle cayenne pepper and then pine nuts over top