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December 15, 2005

Holiday Green Beans

At the holidays, sometimes the menu is already decided for you -- except maybe that vegetable side dish. Here’s where we can be a bit creative and deviate from tradition. So this year, how about adding a little zip to your basic green beans recipe. Before you make your favorite cranberry relish, save out a few fresh cranberries to make this simple, festive looking and great-tasting side dish.

(Makes 6 servings)

    4 cups fresh green beans (about 12 ounces)
    1 tablespoon olive oil (or orange flavored olive oil)
    ¼ cup chopped fresh cranberries
    1 ½ teaspoons sugar
    2 tablespoons orange juice
    2 tablespoon chopped toasted pecans*

Steam green beans 5 to 7 minutes or microwave on high about 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally; drain. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add cranberries, sugar and orange juice. Cook, stirring gently, until cranberries are soft and liquid is syrupy. Stir in chopped nuts and toss mixture with green beans. Serve.

*To toast nuts, bake uncovered in ungreased shallow pan in 350°F oven about 10 minutes or until golden brown.

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Posted by Laura on December 15, 2005 | Permalink



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