Green Beans with Caramelized Red Onion and Mushroom Topping

Green beans seem to be a family favorite. I like to serve this simple yet flavorful side dish instead of the creamy green bean classic. It is perfect for Thanksgiving dinner since it can be doubled easily and transports well. Advance preparation: Make 1 day ahead through step 1, cover, and refrigerate. Reheat the topping in a skillet before serving.

Recipe courtesy of Seriously Simple Holidays by Diane Roseen Worthington

Green Beans with Caramelized Red Onion and Mushroom Topping

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    1/2 pound cremini mushrooms, coarsely chopped 1 garlic clove, minced
    2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    1 red onion, finely chopped 2 pounds tender green beans, ends removed
    1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar


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    • 1

      In a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat. Saute the mushrooms for 3 to 4 minutes, or until they change color and soften. Remove to a bowl.

    • 2

      Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter. Saute the onion for 7 to 10 mniutes, or until it is soft and begins to caramelize. Add the vinegar and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add the mushrooms, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Remove from the heat.

    • 3

      Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Salt the water, immerse the beans in the boiling water, and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, or until tender but slightly resistant. Drain and place in a serving dish. Toss with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle evenly with the topping and serve immediately.

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