I can hardly believe that Thanksgiving is just two weeks away.. I’m still struggling to believe that it is November.. since the last week of October was a total blur – and sort of feels as if it never even happened.
But – the calendar doesn’t lie – and in 14 days – the laughter will be plenty.. and bellies will be full of delicious turkey.. and veggies!
Side dishes can be some of the most unique and varied part of a Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey and stuffing are always a guarantee – but with side dishes, you can always mix it up. There are likely staples in every household. I know we always have green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole. But is is also fun to throw some new things in the mix.
This is a new (to me) green bean dish that I decided to test out over the weekend. As a Clever Girls Collective member, I was invited to cook a Thanksgiving veggie side dish that utilized Country Crock as a substitute for butter.
Balsamic Green Beans with Pearl Onions
1.5 lbs fresh green beans (washed and trimmed)
6 – 8 ounces pearl onions, peeled and halved
3 T Country Crock
1/4 c low sodium chicken broth
3 T balsamic vinegar
1 packet Stevia (or sweetener of choice)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Place green beans in a pot of boiling water. Cook for 3 – 5 minutes. Drain & rinse with cold water. Set aside.
In a large skillet, melt 1.5 teaspoons of country crock over medium heat. Add halved onions and sauté for 3-5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add chicken broth, balsamic vinegar, and stevia. Bring to boil. Simmer until liquid thickens.
Add green beans into skillet with the remaining 1.5 teaspoons of butter, salt, and pepper. Mix to coat beans thoroughly and heat for 3-5 minutes – or until fully heated.
The dish itself is delicious. It has the perfect twist of sweetness and tartness. Both Justin and I agree that this is a side we would not only enjoy at Thanksgiving, but on a regular basis as well. It isn’t too time consuming (besides peeling the pearl onions.. annoying) .. and is well worth the minimal effort! It’s even easier when you cheat and by the the pre-trimmed fresh green beans. They were BOGO this week.. I could’t resist!
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