(by Shirley McNevich)
1 1/4 lbs. fresh yellow wax beans (or canned wax beans as described below)
2 TBSP butter
1/4 cup crushed Ritz crackers (more if you wish)
salt and pepper (to your taste)
grated Parmesan cheese (for sprinkling)
crumbled cooked bacon (optional)
Trim the ends of the wax beans and cut them to the size you like. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil--add the wax beans and cook/stir until beans are soft. Drain the beans. In a bowl add drained beans and butter--toss until butter is melted. Sprinkle the crushed Ritz crackers, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese over the beans--toss to coat. Serve immediately. Optional: add some crumbled cooked bacon when you add the crushed Ritz crackers. You can use canned wax beans if you cook/drain them after heating them just until hot.