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Ellis Island's green beans

Ellis Island's green beans
Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

Dear SOS: There is a small off-Strip casino in Las Vegas called Ellis Island. Its cafe serves the most delicious green beans I’ve ever had. It seems like a simple preparation with butter and garlic, but all my attempts to ... Read more

Total time: 20 minutes | Serves 4 to 6
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic

Step 1Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the green beans and blanch until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Immediately strain the beans and place in an ice bath to cool. When the beans are cool, drain and set aside.

Step 2Make the garlic salt: In a small bowl, combine the black pepper, onion powder, granulated garlic and salt. This makes a generous tablespoon garlic salt.

Step 3Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat until hot. Add the olive oil, then the chopped garlic, and cook until the garlic is aromatic, about 1 minute. Add the green beans and toss until warmed through. Remove from heat and toss in one-half of the garlic salt. Taste and add additional garlic salt as desired (we added almost all of it). Serve immediately.


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