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Green Beans with Garlic Butter Bread Crumbs

by Emma on July 20, 2011

in Dinner

I had you at ‘garlic butter bread crumbs’ right? I think you could put garlic butter bread crumbs on anything and make it five times better… well, except maybe ice cream. That sounds sort of gross.

But we aren’t discussing ice cream right now. No. This post is about green beans. Really fresh green beans, in fact. As these came directly from my father’s garden.

Home grown.



These are pretty trendy green beans to be sure. But they were also quite tasty. I was trying to create a dish that was a summer-time (and therefore lighter) version of green bean casserole. I’m not sure this is quite it, but it’s a pretty great first attempt. And delicious enough that I thought I’d share it with you all.

That’s sort of my style. Yo.

Green Beans with Garlic Butter Bread Crumbs, makes enough for 3-4 as a side dish.

Ingredients: 3-4 cups fresh green beans, 1/3 yellow onion, 1 cup Panko (or other brand) bread crumbs, 3 tablespoons minced garlic, butter, olive oil and salt + pepper to boot.

No one ever says ‘to boot’ anymore. I’m bringing it back.

Snap (or chop) off the ends of the green beans. Then chop them into vaguely uniform bite-size pieces. In a pot of boiling salted water blanche the beans for 2-3 minutes until they are bright green but still quite firm. Drain and set aside.

Over low/medium heat melt 3 tablespoons butter and saute the garlic for 1-2 minutes. Dump in the bread crumbs and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes until the butter is mostly absorbed into the bread crumbs. Remove from pan, set aside.

In the same pan (less dishes-yay!) melt some for butter (1-2 tablespoons) and equal parts olive oil. Saute the thinly chopped onion for 3-5 minutes, until they are beginning to look translucent. Now add in green beans and continue cooking for 3-5 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot with bread crumbs over the top.

xo. Emma


Anoek July 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm

This sounds delish! Garlic makes everything better really.
Last week I tried your brie/strawberry grilled cheese thingies, they were so good.
I will try and make a big one real soon, that’s how good it is.
Bye from Holland!

elizabeth July 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm

These look delicious! I’m definitely making this tonight but I may swap in some frozen green beans for fresh ones since that is what is currently residing in my kitchen.

Anoek July 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm

This sounds delish! Garlic does make everything better.
Last week I tried your brie/strawberry grilled cheese thingies, they were so good.
In fact I will try and make a real big one real soon, that’s how good it was.
Love your blog!
Bye from Holland

teddi July 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm

dear emma, have i told you how much i adore the way you write? bonus points for wittiness, to boot.

Erica B. July 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm

YUM and YUM!

Amber @ The Owl's Den July 20, 2011 at 3:29 pm

This is perfect! My boyfriends Grandparents have a huge garden and they sent us home with some fresh green beans but I was at a lost as how to make them taste better. I’m not a major fan of green beans (due to eating tasteless can varieties) but I love garlic so this is brilliant :)


Liz Q July 20, 2011 at 4:45 pm

These look delicious! If you don’t have bread crumbs, another way to really get that flavor is to boil in chicken or veg broth with butter and minced garlic. And salt + pepper to boot. :]


kelli July 20, 2011 at 7:13 pm


sara alana July 20, 2011 at 11:03 pm

mmm, yum yum. I just wrote a post about green beans too, but I am definitely going to have to try making them this way.

LaneyMc July 21, 2011 at 12:20 am


Jenny July 21, 2011 at 12:38 am

I substituted brussel sprouts for the green beans…thanks for the delicious (and easy) dinner! : )

Elizabeth@rosalilium July 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Nice one Emma. This looks simple yet delicious.

Reagan July 25, 2011 at 2:57 am

green beans are hands down my favorite veggie, & this is a great idea to spruce them up. i hope you share more green bean recipes as green bean casserole is the only one i’ve found my fiance will eat ;)