Don’t you love it when a recipe you’ve been thinking about for a while comes together perfectly the very first time you make it!?! THAT is something that makes me very, very happy!!! All that to say – if you need a perfect side dish for an upcoming Christmas gathering, dinner or party – look no further… These babies are a crowd pleaser and they’re so easy to make!!! I could seriously eat my weight in these green beans. Thank God green beans are low in fat and calories! These veggies perfectly seasoned with browned butter, they have just enough lemon juice to make them a little tangy… a perfect crunch from the walnuts, balanced out with just enough sweet from the dried cranberries. It’s really like a party in your mouth! If you’re feeding a hungry bunch, you might want to double the recipe. Your guests will definitely be going back for seconds!
I think they’re so pretty and Christmasy… don’t you?! I hope you love these as much as we did! <3
Lemon Butter Green Beans
This is by far the perfect side dish to any meal! It's full of lemony flavor with crunchy walnuts and sweet cranberries. You're going to love it!
- 1 lb fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
- 2 tbsp butter (dairy or non-dairy)
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1/2 purple onion, finely diced
- 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped coarsely
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- zest of 1 lemon
- season with salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast them for 3 – 4 minutes. They will toast FAST! Put a timer on so you don’t forget about them! Set aside and let them cool and then roughly chop them.
- In a medium size saucepan, bring to boil 3 – 4 cups of water. Add the green beans and let them cook for 3 – 5 minutes. Drain in a colander and run cold water over them to stop the cooking process. Set aside for a few minutes.
- In a large saute pan over medium to medium-high heat add the butter. Let it melt, get bubbly and brown just a bit. That adds so much flavor! Just be careful not to burn the butter… there’s a fine line between browned and burnt butter! Add the onion and garlic and cook until translucent – about 5 minutes.
- Next, add the green beans to the pan and cook until they’re warm again. This is a quick process – you don’t want to overcook the beans. Add the chopped walnuts, dried cranberries and lemon juice. Stir well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Put your beans on a pretty serving plate or bowl and garnish with the lemon zest.