During Thanksgiving and fall meals, the main dishes and desserts tend to get all the glory, while side dishes can easily be overlooked. While no one can deny the importance of a perfectly roasted turkey or a decadent pumpkin pie, in order to serve a wholly balanced meal, it is still crucial to maintain some focus on smaller complementary dishes. Green beans are often simply ignored at meals — they may simply not make a huge splash among more attention-grabbing choices or be that side dish that no one feels particularly compelled to try among a wider pool of options. But green beans can be prepared in a number of creative ways, and when done so, can steal the show from more traditional menu items. Green beans are also an easy and practical option to bring to a pot luck, as they’re a fresh, tasty way to incorporate a vegetable into a fall or Thanksgiving spread, particularly if other dishes are more rich and savoury. If you’re going to a large dinner, green beans are a welcome refuge amidst a large selection of heavy, calorie-dense options.
Green beans take a short time to prepare and easily absorb any flavour you cook them in, meaning they can complement whatever theme is running through your fall meal. Garlic and butter are always delicious, reliable ingredients to incorporate into a green bean recipe. The recipe below features honey and soy sauce, giving the green beans both a sweet taste and spicy kick — but they can be substituted based on whatever kind of flavour you’re craving.
- Place a basket to steam the beans in over a pot of boiling water. Once the water has boiled, steam your green beans for up to 4 minutes.
- Combine the soy sauce, garlic, garlic chili sauce, and honey.
- Heat the canola oil in a frying pan. Add the beans and saute them in the oil for approximately five more minutes. Add in your sauce mixture and stir, cooking the beans for an additional two minutes, or until the liquid has basically evaporated.
- Serve hot.
Thanks to All Recipes for the recipe and the imagery!