Green Beans & Crispy Leeks

I am always looking for an interesting way to prepare green beans for weeknight meals.

I found this recipe on 101 Cookbooks and it sounded simple, yet different.
The addition of the fresh dill definitely makes this dish. The frizzled leeks tasted a lot like those Durkee Fried Onions (remember those?). Kids would probably enjoy these beans!

Green Beans w/ Crispy Leeks: (adapted from 101 Cookbooks)

1 lb. fresh green beans, ends trimmed, and cut in half
2 leeks, trimmed and sliced thin
1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
olive oil
kosher salt

I blanched my beans for 2 minutes because I don't love raw green beans, as the original recipe calls for. Blanching them for that short period of time just made them al dente, better than FULL crunch.
When in the colander, run under cold water to stop the cooking process.

Coat a heavy skillet w/ olive oil.
Saute your leeks for about 7 minutes on medium high heat until crispy.
Throw in your beans and dill and kosher salt. Saute another minute, and you are done!

I served this along side of my mustard chicken legs and it was a very nice EASY dinner!


Maria said…
I could just eat these beans for dinner. They look so good!
Patsyk said…
Love the look of those green beans! Might be able to get my little guys to eat them that way... so far their fav is mushy ones in the can!
These look a bit like the beans I did for Thanksgiving covered in crispy shallots. I am becoming addicted to topping my beans this way. I like the dill in this too. It's not something I usually use on my beans, but I will definitely try it.

Thanks for the mustard chicken recipe link. That's a very useful recipe.
LaDue & Crew said…
I think I want green beans for breakfast today- they look delicious!
kat said…
Forget kids, I want those beans!
Peter M said…
Beans are one of my fave sides and the caramelized leeks are doing it for me here.
Anonymous said…
excellent i had some leeks that i was wondering what to do with!
Stacey, Although those beans look out of this world you again reminded me about your mustard chicken. I just put it in my favorites. I just love the look and sound of it! You have a way with poultry girl!!
Pam said…
Perfect. A simple and tasty side dish. The chicken looks great too.
Alexa said…
I love green beans and this recipe caught my eye. It looks so simple and definitely flavorful. I could make a meal of it. Thanks for sharing Stacey!
Is New York frozen yet? We are expecting a big snow storm here on the west coast... perfect cooking day. :)
krysta said…
those look wonderful...mmm... i can still eat a whole can of fried onions.
Anonymous said…
Scootch over and give me a spoon would ya? I mean this looks crunch!
This delicious dish reminds me that I don't use dill as often as I should.