Green beans with feta and balsamic vinegar

I never get tired of this combination of fresh snappy green beans with soft salty feta and sweet tangy balsamic vinegar.


  • Green beans
  • Olive oil
  • Water
  • Salt and pepper
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Feta cheese


  1. Snap ends off green beans. Wash and let dry in colander.
  2. Heat a skillet large enough to hold the beans comfortably (or cook in batches). Add olive oil to glaze the bottom of the pan.
  3. Add green beans to skillet. Be prepared for a lot of noise, as water from the green beans will pop in the oil.
  4. Use long tongs to give the green beans a quick turn in the skillet before covering the pan (this will allow the water to cook off without splattering your whole stovetop and also trap vapor in the pan to add steam to the cooking). You can also turn the beans by shaking the skillet, but I use cast iron, which is too heavy for this method.
  5. Turn the temperature down to medium low.
  6. When the popping has subsided, take the cover off and turn the beans again. They should have a nice coat of olive oil and be turning bright green.
  7. Add a 1/4 cup of water to the pan and cover, leaving the lid very slightly ajar for steam release. If the water doesn’t sizzle as soon as you pour it in, raise the heat a bit. This will give an additional steam cook for the beans. The amount of water and time of cooking now depends on the thickness of the beans and how well you like them cooked (though cooking much longer than crisp-tender will result in a duller color).
  8. In a minute, take the cover off, turn the beans and taste one. If it is done to your liking but there is still water in the pan, raise the heat to cook the water out quickly, turning the beans to release the steam. Otherwise, cover and cook another minute. Add a bit more water and repeat if required.
  9. Salt and pepper to taste. Turn beans over with tongs to distribute evenly.
  10. Remove beans to platter.
  11. Drizzle with olive oil and a spoonful or two of balsamic vinegar, to taste (or drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette).
  12. Sprinkle with crumbled feta.
  13. Serve hot or make ahead and serve at room temperature.

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Sparkyrn 10 August 2013 at 3:39 pm



cg 10 August 2013 at 3:58 pm

thanks, sparkyrn!


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