Fresh green beans with shallot butter sauce is a fresh and flavorful alternative to the traditional green bean casserole. It takes little time to prepare and your guests will love it.
Thanksgiving is definitely my favorite holiday. What I love about this holiday is that the focus is on family and friends getting together to spend time with each other and share a great meal. IMO too many other holidays have become very commercial, while Thanksgiving has stayed true to itself.
I hosted Thanksgiving for the first time right after my son, Alex, was born. He was only about 2 weeks old, so my family brought over most of the meal and did the cooking for me. That was 26 years ago and I’ve hosted every year since.
Since that first year, I now do most of the cooking and over the years the meal has changed slightly. But over all has remained much the same, turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing and these green beans.
Over time I’ve tweaked my stuffing recipe and updated the way I prepare the sweet potatoes, but not much else has changed. My family would revolt if I changed things too much, lol.
These green beans have been on our Thanksgiving table for years. I found the basic recipe years ago in a magazine. Everyone in my family loves them and it now wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without them.
I love them because they are really easy to make since you can make the shallot butter sauce a day or two in advance. Then on Thanksgiving, you just have to steam the green beans and reheat the sauce.
What ingredients do I need for this recipe?
- fresh green beans
Here are some of my other favorite Thanksgiving recipes:
- Brown Butter Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Sour Dough Sausage Stuffing
- Perfect Dinner Rolls
- Maple Pumpkin Pie
- Rosemary Infused Cranberry Bourbon Martini
Give these a try and maybe they’ll become a tradition on your holiday table, too!
- 1 stick butter
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2/3 cup thinly sliced shallot
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 3 lbs fresh green beans, trimmed
- 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- toasted sliced almonds, for garnish
- In a medium skillet, melt half a stick of butter, along with olive oil over medium heat.
- Reduce heat to low and add sliced shallots. Cook for about 7 to 9 minutes until shallots are very tender, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in the remaining butter, salt and pepper.
- Remove from heat.
- At this point, you can refrigerate the sauce for up to 2 days. When ready to serve, reheat sauce in the microwave and proceed with the recipe.
- While shallots are cooking, prepare the green beans. I like to steam them in the microwave for about 4 to 5 minutes, until they’re crisp-tender.
- Transfer cooked beans to a serving bowl. Toss with the shallot butter and parsley.
- Garnish with toasted almonds.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 164Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 166mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 4g
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