Green Beans with caramelized shallots and roasted walnuts

Wishing all Canadians a Happy Thanksgiving!

In Canada Thanksgiving is celebrated in October and in the US it’s in September. What matters the most for me is the “celebration”. Every year, I try to whip up a few thanksgiving special dishes but haven’t tried roasting turkey from scratch. I am not a huge turkey fan so I always end up buying whole chicken. Well, this year I’d already made up my mind that I would roast turkey in my oven.

This weekend, being the thanksgiving weekend, I decided to make the dinner on Saturday. In the afternoon, I went for a mega shopping and bought everything that’s needed for making the grant dinner and also the big guy, the turkey. I bought a young turkey. Started my cooking in the evening and it continued till night. Honestly, it wasn’t that tiring as most of the cooking was done in the oven. On the other hand, I couldn’t help envying my man who sat way comfortably on the recliner, watching football and kept checking with me “is the dinner ready yet?” I tried hard to not to blow my cool 😛

I roasted the turkey for about 3 1/2 hours. While the turkey was roasting, I made the other side dishes.

Thanksgiving Dinner 2012 Menu:

  • Butternut Squash soup topped with red pepper/walnuts
  • Cranberry sauce with orange zest and cloves
  • Beans with caramelized shallots and butter roasted walnuts
  • Roasted butternut squash and sweet potatoes
  • Peach and dried cranberry chutney
  • Brown rice stuffing
  • Turkey gravy
  • Roasted Turkey

Here is the spread:

I’ll be posting the recipes for all in the coming days. In this post I am sharing the recipe for making beans with caramelized shallots and toasted walnuts.

Beans with caramelized shallots and roasted walnuts

Ingredients
  • Extra-Virgin Olive oil or light olive oil- 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Garlic, chopped small- 3 large cloves
  • Shallots, cut long vertically- 7, large
  • Green beans- 1 packet
  • Soy sauce- 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Ground pepper- 1/2 tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Walnuts, roasted in 1 tbsp butter- 2 handful
Instruction
  • Fill a large pot with water and allow it to come to a boil.
  • Put the whole green beans into the boiling water and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Don’t over cook the beans, the beans should remain crisp.
  • Drain the water and keep the cooked beans aside.
  • Place a non-stick pan over medium heat.
  • Add the oil, add chopped garlic and saute till it turns light golden.
  • Add shallots, a few pinches of salt and cook till shallots turn golden brown in color.
  • Add the cooked beans, combine well.
  • Add soy sauce and ground pepper, combine well to the beans.
  • Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Don’t over cook the beans or don’t cook till the beans has wilted.
  • Roast the walnuts in 1 tbsp butter in a small frying pan till it turns light golden in color.
  • Add the roasted walnuts to the beans, give it a stir.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and keep it covered.
  • Serve this as a side dish for thanksgiving dinner.

 

Green Beans with caramelized shallots and roasted walnuts
 
Ingredients
  • Extra-Virgin Olive oil or light olive oil- 1½ tbsp
  • Garlic, chopped small- 3 large cloves
  • Shallots, cut long vertically- 7, large
  • Green beans- 1 packet
  • Soy sauce- 1½ tbsp
  • Ground pepper- ½ tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Walnuts, roasted in 1 tbsp butter- 2 handful
Instructions
  1. Fill a large pot with water and allow it to come to a boil.
  2. Put the whole green beans into the boiling water and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Don't over cook the beans, the beans should remain crisp.
  4. Drain the water and keep the cooked beans aside.
  5. Place a non-stick pan over medium heat.
  6. Add the oil, add chopped garlic and saute till it turns light golden.
  7. Add shallots, a few pinches of salt and cook till shallots turn golden brown in color.
  8. Add the cooked beans, combine well.
  9. Add soy sauce and ground pepper, combine well to the beans.
  10. Cook for 5 minutes.
  11. Don't over cook the beans or don't cook till the beans has wilted.
  12. Roast the walnuts in 1 tbsp butter in a small frying pan till it turns light golden in color.
  13. Add the roasted walnuts to the beans, give it a stir.
  14. Remove the pan from the heat and keep it covered.
  15. Serve this as a side dish for thanksgiving dinner.

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