Thursday, December 3, 2015

Garlicky Green Beans with Caramelized Onions




Thanksgiving is over. But here I am with an amazing Green Bean recipe!
Yet again I am late with my posting. 

But being the optimistic person I am, I would say I am just a little early for next year.

Okay! Waaaay too early!

Thankfully the festivities aren't over yet. And this would be perfect side dish to go with your roast chicken, prime rib, pork roast or lamb shanks.





But you don't need to Thanksgiving or a special holiday to enjoy this delicious Garlicky Green Beans. They are equally wonderful any night of the week. 

And oh! The sweet sweet Caramelized Onions are to die for! It is teary affair to slice such copious amount of onions. But the resultant, smokey sweet garnish is totally worth the tears.

Crisp Green Beans with full-bodied garlic flavor, beautifully complemented by the smoky sweetness of Caramelized Onions! I am salivating at the very mention of this amazing flavor combination. 

Hope you'll will love this recipe as much as my family does!

Happy Holidays!


Recipe Snapshot: Garlicky Green Beans with Caramelized Onions


Serves: 6 - 8 serving

What I used:
For the Garlicky Green Beans:
Green Beans - 1 lb or 500 gms, washed and trimmed

Garlic - 5 fat cloves, mined or grated

Olive Oil - 1 tbsp

Salt and Pepper  - 1/2 tsp each or to taste

For the Caramelized Onions:
White or Yellow Onions - 2 large ones, thinly sliced

Olive Oil - 1 tbsp

Sugar (brown or white) - 1 tsp

Salt 

What I did:
For the Garlicky Green Beans:
1. Bring a pot of salted water to boil. 

2. Add the green beans and cook for 2-3 minutes. The beans should be still crunchy.

3. Immediately plunge the blanched bean into a bowl of ice water. This would stop the cooking process and give a beautiful vibrant green color to the beans. Drain the beans after a couple of minutes.[You can happily munch on some of the beans at this stage!]

4. Heat oil in a wide pan or skillet, over medium heat. Add the garlic and let it cook till the raw smell is gone and it is slightly golden. About a minuter or so.

5. Add the drained green beans, salt and pepper and toss around, so that all the beans are coated with garlic and oil. 

6. Saute for couple more minutes and then arranging it on the serving platter. Top it off with Caramelized Onions and serve it as a side dish.


For the  Caramelized Onions:
1. Heat the oil over medium high heat and add the sliced onions. Add a fat pinch of salt and saute over medium heat till the onions appear soft and translucent. (10-12 minutes)

2. Bring the heat down to  'low' and add the sugar. I have used brown but white sugar is fine too. Brown sugar tends to caramelize and burn quickly. So you need to keep stirring it very frequently. 

3. The onions are done when they become soft and rich brown in color. Also they reduce in volume. 

4. This Caramelized Onions not only tastes wonderful on top of the Garlicky Green Beans, but they are equally delicious on top of soups and burgers as well. 



Diabetic Platter:
Green beans are an excellent source of vitamin K. They are a very good source of manganese, vitamin C, dietary fiber, folate, and vitamin B2. In addition, green beans are a good source of copper, vitamin B1, chromium, magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, choline, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), niacin, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, vitamin B6, and vitamin E. Green beans have also been shown to contain valuable amounts of the mineral silicon, and in a form that makes it easier for us to absorb this bone-supportive and connective tissue-supportive nutrient. Green beans have also been shown to contain valuable amounts of the mineral silicon, and in a form that makes it easier for us to absorb this bone-supportive and connective tissue-supportive nutrient.t makes it easier for us to absorb this bone-supportive and connective tissue-supportive nutrient.
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