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Polish Green Beans

There are plenty of foods I didn’t want to eat when I was growing up, but thankfully green beans were always appealing to me. However I think that if I had been adverse to them that this method of preparing them Polish-style probably might have changed my mind!

In French cooking this type of preparation is called à la Polanaise, meaning in the “Polish style”. This name stems from a time when parts Poland were being claimed by multiple empires in the 18th century. Many Poles fled to France, where they influenced French cooking.

Polish Green Beans

This method can be used with other vegetables easily and is not traditionally reserved only for green beans.

For this recipe you’ll need some fresh green beans. I do not recommend frozen or canned for this recipe as only fresh beans will give that still-crisp texture. You only need to cut the ends off to get them ready for their hot water bath.

Polish Green Beans

For these photos I only had the beans in the water for 10 minutes to really make sure they still had color and snap. After that is the step that really makes these beans special and oh-so-Polanaise.

In a skillet melt some butter and to that add chopped garlic and some fine bread crumbs. I used Italian style so they had a little extra seasoning. Then cook the breadcrumbs in the butter for a few minutes.

Polish Green Beans topping

This gives the dish a rich, savory flavor that’s irresistible. One bite and you might just find yourself making a whole lot of other foods Polish-style as well!

Top the beans with this buttered bread crumb mixture and finish them off with some fresh dill and lemon zest. These bright ingredients counter the rich breadcrumbs perfectly.

Polish Green Beans

In many traditional recipes there’s also hard-boiled egg in the sauce or as another topping so feel free to add them if you wish. Some folks also add sliced mushrooms to the breadcrumbs as well. With or without the extra toppings this is one of the tastiest ways to eat your green beans!

Serves 4-6

15m prep time

15m cook time

173 calories

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Allergens: Gluten, Wheat, Milk, Citrus

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Ingredients
  • 1 lb green beans, ends trimmed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup fine bread crumbs
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill weed
  • zest of 1 lemon
Preparation
  1. Add beans to large pot of boiling water that’s been generously salted. Boil for 10-12 minutes. Beans should be tender-crisp and bright green. Remove beans from water using tongs or strainer.
  2. In medium skillet melt butter over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs and garlic to pan and cook until breadcrumbs are golden brown and crispy, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add beans to serving dish and season with salt and pepper. Top with breadcrumbs, then dill, then lemon zest. Serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from The Polish Housewife.