Getting bored with your green beans? Add some creamy Gorgonzola cheese to add a gorgeous complexity.
Let’s face it, green beans are delicious, but they can get boring. So let’s give them some new life by melting a little Gorgonzola into the beans for a spicy appetizer or a side dish that goes perfectly with grilled or sauteed meats.
1/4 cup olive oil
First, simply rinse and dry the beans and trim off both ends.
Set a large skillet over medium heat.
Pour in 1/4 cup olive oil and toss in 5-6 mashed garlic cloves.
Cook all for about 4 minutes or until the garlic is lightly colored.
Add the beans to the skillet, shake a few times, pour in a 1/4 cup of water and cover.
Lower the heat, cook for 15 minutes until the beans are tender to the bite and lightly caramelized.
When they are done, salt lightly.
Raise the heat and drop bits of crumbled Gorgonzola into the beans and cook with no cover until the cheese melts. It will take just over a minute.
When the cheese has melted and coated the beans, but before it coats the bottom of the pan, remove beans and cheese from the pan and place on a plate and serve immediately.
Lidia Matticchio Bastianich was born in Pola, Istria, on the northeastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. She is a cookbook author, restaurateur, and TV chef extraordinaire. Watch Lidia’s Italy Saturdays at 1:30pm on WGBH 2 or Sundays at 4pm on WGBH 44.