Thursday, April 25, 2013

Green Beans + Carmelized Shallots

The other night I tried out and tweaked a recipe that I found on Pinterest - it was super easy and deeeelicious. We love having cooked vegetables with our dinner so I like to find new ways to do them, aside from the Steam Fresh bags in the freezer section at the grocery store. So I was happy when I found this recipe because it only has 4 ingredients. How hard can it be?!

3 Tbsp. olive oil
3 shallots, finely chopped
12 oz. fresh green beans
salt + pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over low heat. Add chopped shallots and cook over low heat until they begin to carmelize, stirring occasionally. For me, this took about 30 minutes, but could take longer. You do not want your pan too hot or to cook the shallots for too long - this will cause them to turn out crispy. 

Pour remaining olive oil and salt and pepper to taste in a rimmed cookie sheet. Add green beans and toss to coat. Bake for 10-15 minutes. You will know they are done when they are tender and slightly browned. Remove from oven, top with shallots, and serve.

This side dish could pair nicely with any meat main dish. We had it were going to have it with chicken. A small fiasco resulted in the chicken not being done until about 1/2 hour after the green beans were done. 
My hubs enjoying his green beans for dinner. If you think he doesn't look like the type of guy who prefers only a simple vegetable for dinner, you're right. We made the most of it. I just referred to it as that evening's first course. That sounds fancy.


  1. So funny! My Easter dinner turned out like that this yr. Not one of my dishes were timed to come out together. I like this green bean recipe. Will try.

  2. Not from Pinterest...but you need to try this!
    SO easy and delicious, and not even that bad for you.



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