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Balsamic Green Bean Salad

Balsamic Green Bean Salad
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Serves: 16 servings
 
Another fabulous summer salad option to bring to your weekly summer BBQ. The green beans, onion and tomatoes can all be picked up at the farm market!

Photo Credit: Mel's Kitchen Cafe

Ingredients
  • 2 lb fresh green beans, stems removed
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp ground mustard
  • ⅛ tsp pepper
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 4 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
Instructions
  1. Place beans in a large pot; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Cook, covered until crisp-tender (approx. 8-10 minutes). Drain and immediately place into ice water. Drain and pat dry.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk oil, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, garlic powder, mustard and pepper.
  3. Drizzle over beans. Add onion; toss to coat. Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour.
  4. Just before serving, stir in tomatoes and cheese.

 

Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole
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Serves: 10-12 servings
 
A great recipe for someone on the fence when it comes to vegetables - the bread crumb topping and heavy cream make it tasty and savory while you still get a good fill of greens.

Ingredients
  • 4 slices white bread, torn into quarters
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 (6 oz) container canned fried onions
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 2 lb green beans, ends trimmed and halved
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 lb white mushrooms, ½" pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups chicken broth
  • 1½ cups heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Pulse bread, softened butter, salt and pepper in food processor until mixture resembles coarse crumbs, (approx. 10 seconds). Transfer to a large bowl and toss with onions; set aside.
  2. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees.
  3. Fill a large bowl with ice water.
  4. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Add 2 tbsp salt and the beans. Cook beans until bright green and crisp-tender (approx. 6 minutes).
  5. Drain beans in colander and plunge immediately into ice water to stop cooking. Spread beans on paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain.
  6. Add butter to now-empty pot and melt over medium-high heat until foaming subsides.
  7. Add mushrooms, garlic, ¾ tsp salt, and ⅛ tsp pepper; cook until mushrooms release moisture and liquid evaporates (approx. 6 minutes).
  8. Add flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in broth and bring to simmer, stirring constantly. Add cream, reduce heat to medium, and simmer until sauce is thickened and reduced to 3½ cups (approx. 12 minutes). Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Add green beans to sauce and stir until evenly coated.
  10. Arrange in an even layer in 9X13" baking dish. Sprinkle with topping and bake until top is golden brown and sauce is bubbling around edge (approx. 15 minutes). Serve immediately.

 

Honey Garlic Green Beans

Honey Garlic Green Beans
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Serves: 8 servings
 
You can get the green beans and the honey from the farm market for this slightly sweet recipe. If you like the honey and soy sauce mixture, it's a great addition to carrots, chicken and pork!

Ingredients
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 lbs fresh green beans, trimmed
Instructions
  1. Whisk together honey, soy sauce, garlic, salt and crushed red pepper flakes and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, bring 10 cups water to a boil. Add beans in batches; cook, uncovered, 2-3 minutes or just until crisp-tender. Remove beans and immediately drop into ice water. Drain and pat dry.
  3. Once all the beans are cooked, add cooking spray to pot used to boil the beans. Add beans; cook, stirring constantly, over high heat until slightly blistered (approx. 2-3 minutes).
  4. Add sauce; continue stirring until beans are coated and sauce starts to evaporate slightly (approx. 2-3 minutes). Remove from heat.

 

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