Whether you are looking for the perfect seasonal side dish, or just love green beans, this dish is for you. They are coated in delicious butter and garlic, and then topped with cranberries and walnuts for a dash of sweetness and a bit of crunch. The key to keeping these green beans vibrant and bright is making sure to plunge them in an ice bath (see directions), and completely cool them down before continuing the cooking process.
Green Beans with Cranberries and Walnuts (Serves 4-6)
Time: 15-20 minutes
1 lb fresh green beans, washed and trimmed
2 tsp butter
2 tsp olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1⁄3 cup dried cranberries (whole or chopped)
3 ounces walnuts, chopped
1. In a medium sized pot, bring water to a boil. While waiting to water to boil, fill a large bowl with ice and water, set aside. Once the water is boiling, add the green beans and
cook for 2-3 minutes.
2. Quickly drain the green beans and then dump them into the cold water bath. Keep in cold water for 2-3 minutes, or until cold. Remove from water and place green beans on a
clean kitchen towel. shake around gently and pat to dry.
3. In a large skillet, add butter and olive oil. Let butter melt over medium high heat and then add the garlic. Saute for 1 minute. Add the green beans and saute for 5-6 minutes or
until they are tender.
4. Add the cranberries and walnuts and saute for 1 minutes, stirring to coat. Remove from heat and serve immediately.
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