Green Beans with Shallots
These crispy green beans and roasted shallots are the perfect trimmings for your turkey. Try this easy Thanksgiving side dish with meat or poultry any time of the year.
Simple side dishes ease the preparation of many holiday meals, and dinners year-round for that matter. Four ingredients in this recipe plus salt and pepper make this recipe worth trying, and I bet these green beans would taste delicious cold and added to a salad the next day with leftover sliced turkey and some cranberry sauce. If you can’t find fresh green beans in your local supermarket, go ahead and buy canned or frozen as a stand-in. Follow the recipe sauteeing and broiling the shallots but don’t blanch the beans. Toss the canned beans in the pot with the margarine and olive oil, warm them to temperature, and season, topping with the shallots. If you use frozen: steam or microwave to nearly done, and finish in the pot with the margarine and oil warmed through, seasoned, and topped with the shallots. Vegetables count toward your daily five recommended servings no matter their source-fresh, frozen, or canned.
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 4 small shallots sliced thin
- 2 lbs green beans trimmed
- 1 Tbsp margarine
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Black pepper to taste
Preheat the broiler on high.
In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add the shallots. Sauté the shallots for 4 minutes, or until softened. Transfer shallots to a baking pan and arrange in a single layer. Broil for 5 to 7 minutes, or until browned. Set aside.
In a large saucepan, blanch the green beans in simmering water for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly tender. Drain in a colander.
In the large skillet, heat margarine and remaining 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add the green beans. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, or until beans are heated through. Season with the salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with shallots. Serve warm.
Yield: 8 servings
Serving Size: 1/2 cup
* Nutritional information is based on ingredients listed and serving size; any additions or substitutions to ingredients may alter the recipe’s nutritional content
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