(3-4 servings as a side)
This is a terrific way to prepare string beans, especially if there are a lot of larger and tougher beans mixed in. The longer the beans braise in the cider the more tender and flavorful they become.
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 large clove garlic, chopped
1 lb string beans, trimmed and sliced diagonally if they are large
1/2 - 3/4 cup apple cider
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Heat the olive oil in a pot (with a lid) over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic and cook, stirring from time to time until the onion is translucent.
Add the string beans and 1/2 cup apple cider. Place the lid over the pot, reduce the heat to low and cook the beans for about 60-90 minutes. Check the beans every 20 minutes or so and add more cider if the beans look dry. I had used slightly more than half a cup of cider by the time the beans were tender and to my liking. There was a small amount of liquid remaining in the pot (one or two tablespoons) when the beans were ready.
Check, and adjust the seasoning with a bit of salt and pepper. Serve hot or at room temperature.