Here is the link to the CH thread that turned me on to this delicious dish http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/840342
And here is a link to a similar recipe http://www.whats4eats.com/vegetables/...
I did something simple that combined elements of both and it was such a hit that I often bring it to gatherings.
My family's recipe is as follows, which originally came from the Cookbook of the Jews of Greece:
1-1/2 to 2 lbs green beans
2 medium onions, finely chopped
2-3 T olive oil
3 medium tomatoes, finely chopped (or use canned)
2-3 cloves garlic
salt and pepper
Directions (paraphrased): Clean the beans, cut tips, break them into 4-5 inch lengths. Saute the onions in olive oil, then add the beans and cook 5 minutes, stirring some. Add tomatoes, garlic, salt and pepper and just enough water so the beans are covered. Cover tightly and cook over low heat until tender...about 15 minutes. Squeeze lemon juice over when it's done.
We often serve this at room temperature or luke-warm....it tends to get better when it sits for a bit.