Citrus Green Beans

Simple is best when it comes to fresh-from-the-farm green beans, and I gave this recipe a try today.  Still hot and muggy here, and I didn't want to boil water to steam them, so I made them in a packet to grill alongside some chicken.   I laid out the trimmed green beans, poured over the olive oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper, and then zested the orange over top.   I squeezed the juice from half the orange into the packet, and then sealed it up tight.

I put it on the grill while it was preheating, and left it on while the chicken cooked.   They were the tiniest bit squeaky, probably could have used a few more minutes or maybe a headstart in the microwave.     Nice hint of orange, but not enough to overpower the flavor of the beans.   Jake added a tiny drizzle of honey over his.     :)

Citrus Green Beans

1lb fresh green beans, ends trimmed
zest from 1 orange
juice from 1/2 an orange
2t olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Lay out a piece of foil and begin to assemble packet.   Spread green beans in an even layer, drizzle with olive oil and orange juice.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper and orange zest     Seal up tightly.  Place on the grill, and heat to high.    Grill for about 20 minutes or until green beans are crisp-tender. 

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