Thanksgiving Green Bean Recipe

Thanksgiving Green Bean Recipe

When trying to come up with a Thanksgiving Green Bean Recipe for this year, I was browsing through the latest issue of cooking light looking for a bit of  recipe inspiration, and saw a recipe for Green Beans with Carmelized Onions and Walnuts.  They looked divine, but I did not have white balsamic vinegar in my pantry.  Rather than making the obvious swap of just using the darker variety, I decided I wanted something a bit more zesty, and searched their site for alternative green bean recipes.  I found one with lemon & browned garlic, yum (link) and another that featured an ingredient I am rather fond of whole grain Dijon mustard (link).  Look away people, I know this is a family friendly site, but a culinary Ménage à trois is about to occur.  The result I am simply calling Thanksgiving Green Beans.

In addition to Frankensteining the recipes together, I also swapped out the fresh blanched green beans for a steamer bag of frozen petite green beans.   I like skinny beans and have had a hard time finding them of good quality here in New England this time of year.

The recipe is gluten-free, low carb and vegan, so if a cousin drops a surprise dietary restriction on you at the last minute this Thanksgiving, no worries, this recipe will probably work for them, as is.

Thanksgiving Green Beans

Thanksgiving Green Bean Recipe
Recipe type: vegetable, side
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  • 2 tbs olive oil (1 tbs + 1 tbs)
  • 2 cups sweet onion (sliced vertically)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • ¼ cup walnuts (chopped)
  • ½ tsp fresh thyme leaves (chopped)
  • 12 oz steamer bag of petite green beans
  • 1 tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbs Marsala wine
  • ½ tsp whole grain Dijon
  • Kosher salt & Fresh ground pepper (to taste)
  1. Put 1 tbs oil in non-stick skillet over med-high heat.
  2. Add the onions and garlic. Cook, frequently stirring until well caramelized.
  3. Add the walnuts and thyme. Saute about 3 more minutes, then remove from pan and reserve.
  4. Microwave the green beans for about 3 minutes. This should be just enough to fully thaw them.
  5. Add the other tbs of oil to pan, and swirl to coat. Once hot, add the Add the lemon juice, Marsala, Dijon and green beans. Stir to coat.
  6. Add the walnut-onion mixture, and stir over heat until everything is evenly coated and the alcohol in Marsala has cooked off.
  7. Remove to serving bowl.
You will likely want to double up this recipe on the actual holiday, unless there are just a few of you for dinner.



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