With Thanksgiving just a on its way, I’ve been thinking up ways to re-invent some of the old favorites on our dining room table. Aside from turkey and stuffing, there’s nothing more classic than a green bean casserole for Thanksgiving in our house. This year, I’m re-vamping the green bean casserole, and featuring these healthier “dressed up green beans” instead. Luckily, the “dressing up” uses simple, healthy ingredients for a perfect, flavorful side.
Recipe: Dressed Up Green Beans
Adapted from The New Southern Garden Cookbook by Sheri Castle
- Fresh green beans with the ends snapped, blanched
- 3 Tbs. butter
- 1/4 c. chopped pecans
- 4-5 strips of bacon, cooked (optional – if you don’t have time, omit the bacon)
- 2 Tbs. chopped parsley
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Salt and pepper, to taste
To prepare beans: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the beans and cook until just tender (5-7 minutes.) While the beans cook, fill a large bowl with ice water. After the beans are done cooking, drain beans and immediately transfer to the bowl of ice water. (This preserves color and stops the cooking. It’s how you get that fresh taste and bright green color!)
To finish beans: Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add pecans and cook until they are crisp (about 3 minutes.) Add bacon and beans and toss to mix until heated throughout (about 3 minutes.) Gently stir in the lemon zest and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.
Happy Thanksgiving!Annie Bryan lives in Jacksonville with her husband, Josh. She is a member of the Art & Antiques Show Social Media Committee, and she is the blogger behind the life + style blog Ann Elliott (currently on hiatus). Annie works for a start-up toy company, HeroMe, where she leads marketing and external relations in addition to serving as general counsel.