Continental beans can be utilized in both raw and cooked applications and will work in many preparations where conventional green beans are called for. They are ideal lightly cooked but also given their meaty texture can stand up to longer cooking preparations. Continental beans can be boiled, sautéed, steamed, braised, grilled and deep-fried. When raw they can be sliced and added to grain or green salads or served whole along with dip as crudités. Whole continental beans are perfect for pickling and can be served as part of an antipasti or added to savoury cocktails as an edible garnish. Continental beans are also a popular canning bean and can be preserved for use in later seasons. The meaty texture of continental beans will pair well with garlic, shallots, tomato, ginger, oregano, sage, parsley, pancetta, chickpeas, olives, vinegar, dijon mustard, sausage and hazelnuts.
To store, keep beans refrigerated.