Green Beans with Garlic and Lemon Zest
2 pounds green beans
1 Tablespoon olive oil
3 Tablespoons butter
2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 Tablespoon lemon zest
Salt and pepper, to taste
Prep: Mince garlic. Zest lemon. Trim the ends off green beans. Place a colander in the sink. Fill a large bowl with ice and water.
Blanch: Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Blanch green beans by adding them to the boiling water, cooking until tender-crisp, about 2 minutes. Drain green beans in colander, then immediately dump into bowl of ice water to stop them from cooking.
Fry: Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil and butter. When butter melts, add garlic and red pepper flakes. Saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the green beans. Saute, coating in the garlic sauce for about 5 minutes.