1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 lb fresh green beans
1 small onion, sliced 1/4-inch thick
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, divided
freshly ground pepper to taste

1. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until hot (about 2 minutes). Add the oil and heat for 30 seconds. Add the green beans and onion, and cook for 3 minutes, stirring often. Add 1/3 cup water, cover the pan, and steam for 5 minutes, or until the water evaporates (if there's still water after 5 minutes, uncover the pan and simmer the water off).

2. Add 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and cook, stirring very often, for 10-15 minutes, or until the beans are al dente, and slightly charred, and the onions are caramelized and very brown. Stir in the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Enjoy immediately.

Makes 4 side servings.