Brown Sugar and Garlic Green Beans

This summer has been full of gardening complimented by trips to the local Farmer’s Markets. We’ve been canning, but hadn’t received our pressure canner. I knew I had to do something with the pint of green beans we picked up last weekend, so I decided to saute them up and season them. Thus, brown sugar and garlic green beans were born!

Brown Sugar and Garlic Green Beans

Brown Sugar and Garlic Green Beans

I rarely get the chance to share a recipe with you that I haven’t even had a chance to have Greg try hot, but it’s so worth you giving this a try without one more opinion. You see, he was off at his Fantasy Football Draft with church, doing “man stuff”. I was barefoot in the kitchen, cooking up a storm. He missed out on these fresh from the pan (which is the best way to enjoy them).

What will you need? 

  • Pint of fresh green beans, rinsed and ends snapped
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar (I use Splenda’s brown sugar for less calories)
  • 2 TBSP minced garlic (fresh would be GLORIOUS)
  • 2 tsp paprika (trust me here)
  • small pot (LOVE this one from T-fal – it’s dishwasher and oven safe!)
  • water

green beans cooking

I have this thing with snapping my beans. It’s like therapy for me, something relaxing about feeling them pop as I prep them for the eating.

What will you do? 

  • Bring water to boil in the pot.
  • Add the green beans and cook for about 5 minutes (until the beans are soft).
  • Drain all the water off the beans.
  • Spray pot with cooking spray and return beans to pot.
  • Continue cooking, adding in the brown sugar, garlic, and paprika.

seasoned green beans

  • Allow the seasonings and beans to get to a syrupy, golden brown.
  • Remove from heat and enjoy!

cooked green beans

These are delicious, bringing a sweet savory side to your standard “meat and potatoes” kind of night. (I paired mine with my secret turkey meatloaf – beg that recipe out of me!) Enjoy! xoxo

These green beans were from Robinson’s Greenhouse & Farmer’s Market outside of Kittanning. It is well worth the drive!