Note: Steaming or dropping them into boiling water or part water and part stock is an effective way to cook green beans. Onions and salt pork can be added. For a simple vegetable dish to complement that rich holiday dinner, simply toss trimmed green beans with about 1/4 cup olive oil and some herbs of choice and bake, covered with foil, for about 30 minutes, or till fork-tender. That idea from In Shaker Spirit, by James Haller, Jeffrey Paige
Or, during the last few minutes of cooking top with chunks of Fontina Cheese or au gratin, and bake uncovered till cheese melts.
3. Other additions to green beans might include sauteed mushrooms, white sauce, or toasted almonds and sliced water chestnuts.