Summer beans like green beans, yellow wax beans and specialty beans like purple green beans and romanos, are some of the best veggies to grill.

Yet, few people think of them for grilling—perhaps because they seem like they’d fall through the grill.

They will: But a grill basket, grill pan or aluminum foil packet is the solution.
 
 
RECIPE #1: GRILLED GREEN BEANS

Grill the beans in a grill basket or a grill pan.

If you don’t have either, you can make packets with heavy-duty foil placed directly on the grill grate. Tip: Instead of oil, you can add a strip of bacon to each packet to provide the fat.

Ingredients

  • Beans of choice (mixed colors are nice, as in photo #1)
  • Oil of choice
  • Seasonings of choice
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    Preparation

    1. WASH the beans and trim the stem ends. Pat dry.

    2. TOSS the beans in your oil of choice. We like flavored olive oil (basil, chile, garlic, rosemary, etc.).

    3. ADD seasonings: salt and pepper; and optionally, your favorite spices (how about cumin, garlic powder, minced fresh garlic, onion powder, paprika or blends [e.g., Cajun, Italian, Old Bay or steak seasoning]).

    The best way to add spices is to blend them with the oil in the bowl, and then toss the beans.

    4. PREHEAT the grill basket or grilling pan on a hot grill. Add the green beans and cook for 6-7 minutes, shaking the basket/pan twice. They should turn bright green and have some grill marks.

    5. SERVE them as is, or as a grilled green bean salad (below).
     
     
    RECIPE #2: GRILLED GREEN BEAN SALAD

    Toss these ingredients together and serve the salad warm or chilled.

    Ingredients

  • Grilled green beans
  • Dijon or balsamic vinaigrette
  • Nuts: chopped pecans, slivered almonds, toasted walnuts
  • Fresh herbs: dill
  • Optional: chopped scallions, red or sweet onions
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    WHAT ARE ROMANO BEANS

    These Italian flat beans are a farmers market favorite (photo #2).

     

    Multicolored Green Beans
    [1] Mix them up for fun: green beans, purple green beans and wax beans (photo © The Pines | Brooklyn).


    [2] Romano beans, flat green beans, are an Italian variety. There’s more about them below (photo © Good Eggs).


    [3] Rosemary-infused olive oil is one of a number of flavored olive oils that can add herb flavor (photo © Caviar Russe).

     
    They are also known as flat beans, helda beans, and gavar fhali in some states of India.

    They are cooked and eaten in the same ways as other green beans.

    With their delicious nutty green flavor and firm texture, romanos are excellent whether braised, grilled or steamed. In addition:

  • Try them raw with your favorite crudités dipping sauce.
  • Cut and add them to a green salad, macaroni salad, potato salad or protein salad (chicken, egg, tuna, seafood).
  • Add them to minestrone or other soup, or cut them as a soup garnish.
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