Grandma Grello’s birthday is this week. There’s a story surrounding her birthday where she was born on one day but it didn’t get recorded for a few days, making the date on her birth certificate different than the date that she was actually born. This makes her birthday date a little sketchy, but we always celebrate it some time this week. In honor of that, I thought I’d share her Green Bean Marinade recipe with you today. Summer is here and we’ve already made this once, one time of many over the upcoming months.
One thing we’ve discovered, is that if you want to, when you’re done marinating the green beans, you can re-use the marinade to marinate broccoli, which is also very good.
Last time I made this, Caroline picked the beans, minced the garlic and pretty much did the entire recipe herself with my supervision, so it’s a good recipe for kids who like to help in the kitchen, as mine do, and I love the idea of passing along family recipes to my kids at a young age, so that when they’re old enough to do their own cooking, they’ll have all their favorite recipes on hand and they will have made them, too.
GRAM GRELLO’S GREEN BEAN MARINADE
1 pound clean, snapped fresh green beans, the ends picked
1/3 cup blend of olive oil and vegetable (or canola) oil
1/4 cup white vinegar or cider vinegar (we use white mostly)
Bring salted water to a boil in 2 qt. sauce pan.
Drop in beans.
Bring to a boil and cook for 10-15 minutes uncovered.
Remove with a slotted spoon (apparently this step is the most important. Spoon must be slotted.)
Don’t drain or rinse and place beans into the bowl that has the marinade.
Marinate in the fridge for several hours.
Remove garlic and serve. (We never remove the garlic.)