Thursday, November 28, 2013

Holiday Green Beans

Green beans are great for any holiday party! Many people use canned green beans because they are cheap and easy, but when fresh green beans are in season, they're just at cheap and far more delicious... not to mention nutritious! This is a simple recipe to create an extra-ordinary green bean dish that can wow any guests! Almonds and cranberries add a great contrast in color, while the balsamic and olive oil compliment the green beans with a tartness that pleases any palate. This recipe is perfect for the Thanksgiving meal. It has an acidity that will help to balance the saltiness and richness of the Thanksgiving table. It's also quick and simple (I finished in about 15 minutes!)

Holiday Green Beans
1 lb Fresh Green Beans
1 tbsp Olive Oil 
3 cloves Garlic, Minced
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
1/4 cup Cranberries (dried or fresh)
1/4 cup Slivered Almonds
1 tbsp Olive Oil
2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

1. Trim the ends of the green beans by breaking them off. Then, rinse the green beans.
2. Heat a medium-large pot on medium heat, and then pour in the olive oil.
3. Once hot, add garlic. Spread around the garlic, and then pour in the green beans. Be careful, they will cause the oil to splash (because of the water you rinse with).
4. When the green beans are about halfway done cooking (5 min) add the cranberries and almonds.
5. Allow to finish cooking until tender.
6. In a large bowl, mix oil and vinegar until emulsified.
7. When the green beans are finished cooking, add them to the bowl and mix until the vinaigrette covers the green beans.
8. Move to a serving platter and serve!

This recipe would be great with some crumbled goat cheese and rosemary if you want to dress it up further and impress your guests. This can be served warm or cold, too (although I prefer it warm).

I hope everyone is having a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving! Enjoy the time with family and friends and be sure to eat lots and lots! Once again, I am so thankful for everyone who has taken the time to look at the blog, like the Facebook page, share any posts, and recreate dishes! I hope you all begin to see food as an experience and a story as I am sharing mine with you! Happy Thanksgiving everyone :)

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