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Green Beans with Shallots

Green Beans with Shallots

If you are looking for a nice green bean side dish- I think you will really like this one. The sauce, made from a mix of herbs, shallots and garlic make these special. This is one of my favorite recipes for fresh green beans. I hope you give it a try. We had them with dinner the other night and ate them all.

Green Beans with Shallots

1 lb. Green beans, washed and trimmed
4 T. olive oil
¾ c. minced shallots
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. chopped parsley
¾ t. salt
¼ t. each thyme, marjoram and basil

Boil or steam beans until tender, about 6 minutes. Drain and set aside. Meanwhile, start sauce. Heat oil in skillet and add shallots. Cook, over medium heat, until shallots start to turn golden brown. Add garlic and seasonings. Cook 5 minutes then add beans. Toss to coat beans. Serves 4-6.

Note: If you want to make these the day ahead, make the sauce and cook beans until almost tender. Combine beans and sauce and place in casserole dish. Chill until ready to use. When ready to serve, just place bean mixture in oven or microwave and cook until heated through and beans are tender.

Bean and Bacon Salad

Bean and Bacon Salad

Bean and Bacon Salad

I got some locally grown green beans and wax beans recently. I wanted to use some of them for a salad, but not the traditional bean salad.  I know how much I enjoy frying a little bacon and tossing in some beans so I used that as inspiration for this dish. I added a little sweet pepper, too. It was really simple and tasted so good. Here is what I did.






Bean and Bacon Salad

3-4 c. cooked beans- green, wax or mixed, cut into 1-inch pieces

4-5 slices bacon, cooked, cooled and crumbled

1 sweet pepper, seeded and diced

1/2 c. minced sweet onion, optional

 1/2  c. cider vinegar

1/4 c. oil- I used olive oil

1/4 c. sugar- or to taste

2 T. fresh chopped parsely

1 t. thyme

salt and pepper to taste

dash of hot sauce

Combine beans with bacon and onion, if adding, and set aside. Combine remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour over the beans and toss to coat evenly. Cover and chill 30 minutes or longer before serving. Serves 5-6.

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