1-1/2lbsItalian-style flat green beans, pole beans
1/4cupextra virgin olive oil
1/4lbpancetta, cut into 1/4-inch dice
2teaspoonsred wine vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Peel the garlic and slice the cloves lengthwise into 4 to 6 slivers. Place them in a small covered saucepan and add the olive oil. Cook over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes until tender and sweet. Do not brown.
While the garlic braises, fry the pancetta in a large skillet until barely crisp, 3 to 4 minutes.
Add the onion and continue cooking until it is soft and translucent, about 2 minutes longer.
Add the beans, water, and red wine vinegar. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are bright green and tender.
When the garlic is done, add it to the bean mixture along with the braising oil.
Toss to coat the beans thoroughly and season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a greased casserole, cover and bake for 45 minutes.
Tips for Making This Recipe
Feel free to substitute regular green beans for the Italian-style if desired. You can also use thick-cut bacon in place of pancetta ~ just cut back to 2 or 3 strips so the smoke flavor doesn't overpower the sweet garlic.