My grandmother cooked green beans in the pressure cooker. She had a magic touch when it comes to cooking, so I follow suit hoping that some of that magic rubs off on me. My grandmother grew pole beans and had a magic touch in the garden, too, gathering bushels and bushels of beans, whereas our garden last summer failed to produce a single bean. Homegrown beans are meatier and heartier than the grocery store kind; they fare well in the pressure cooker. But even the steam-in-a-bag fresh green beans can be cooked under pressure.
Vegetables cooked under pressure have less texture than those cooked by other means, and if you cook them a minute too long they quickly turn to mush. Needless to say, pressure cooking is not the best for all vegetable cookery, yet some vegetables do well under pressure. Hearty green beans do well under pressure because they cook more quickly and evenly than other methods while still maintaining a bit of bite.
My grandmother cooked green beans with bacon, onion, garlic, and summer savory – simple and delicious. Summer savory is a subtle, savory spice with hints of thyme and marjoram. Summer savory is often used in stuffing and it has a natural affinity to green beans. It’s one of the main spices in herbs de Provence, though I wouldn’t recommend using herbs de Provence as a substitute because the lavender in the spice blend doesn’t pair well with the beans. If you have difficulty finding summer savory in the spice aisle of your grocery store, marjoram, thyme, or oregano work well as substitutes (or try a bit of all three for a fun blend). I recently ran out of summer savory and had a difficult time finding it at the store, then I found the spice on Amazon for a reasonable price.
Pressure Cooker Green Beans make a lovely side for a roast dinner, meat and potato fare, or hearty pasta dish. This side dish comes together in no time and it makes a lovely vegetable side. When you have an abundance of beans in your garden this summer, be sure to add Pressure Cooker Green Beans to the repertoire. Here’s to hoping we have better luck growing green beans this summer.
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