Monday, June 28, 2010

Market Fresh: Green Beans

Fresh green beans are hard to beat. They are tender crisp and delicious. These two recipes were SO GOOD and I can't remember where I found them but I modified both a little. The salad was one of our top favorite salads ever. It would be great for pitch-ins!

 
THYME GREEN BEANS
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1 lb. fresh green beans
1 Tb. butter
2 tsp.  minced fresh thyme
Salt & pepper to taste
3 Tb. slivered almonds, toasted

Place beans in a steamer basket. Place in a saucepan over 1 in. of water; bring to a boil. Cover and steam for 10-12 minutes or until crisp-tender.

In a large skillet, melt butter; add the hot beans, thyme, salt and pepper, & almonds. Cook and stir for 5 min. or until heated through.



GREEN BEAN BLUE CHEESE SALAD
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1 lb. fresh green beans, cut into 2 in. pieces
1/4 c. blue cheese, crumbled
1/3 c. red onion, diced
1/2 c. olive oil
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 c. pecan pieces, toasted
salt and pepper to taste

Place green beans in a steamer over 1 inch of boiling water, and cover. Cook until tender but still firm, about 6 min. Immediately put in ice water to stop the cooking and chill them. 

In a medium bowl, combine beans, onion, blue cheese, and pecans. Stir in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Chill for at least an hour before serving.