Green bean season is in now full swing in West Michigan. If you're sick of steamed beans and you're in the mood for something special, try this. It is hands down my favorite way to eat green beans. Pine nuts and goat cheese are a bit pricey, so it's a special occasion sort of dish.
Alter the quantities to taste. The measurements given are estimates; I don't really measure when I make this dish. Just taste it and add more cheese and nuts if necessary. And don't forget the salt and pepper! :)
a few tablespoons olive oil and/or butter for sauteing
1 lb. green beans, washed and stem ends snapped off
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1-2 oz. pine nuts (soaked and dehydrated would be ideal...but that didn't happen for us this week.)
2 oz. goat cheese (chevre)
Heat a large heavy skillet over medium low heat. Drizzle in some olive oil. Add the green beans and cook covered, stirring every couple minutes, until they are almost all tender and some are lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook a couple minutes longer. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the goat cheese and pine nuts and stir gently to distribute, cooking a couple minutes longer to lightly toast the nuts.
This is part of Weekend Gourmet, Monday Mania, Hearth and Soul, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, and Real Food Wednesday.