Sunday, January 2, 2011

Balsamic Beans

This side dish was made as part of the New Year's Eve dinner from the Southern Living Ultimate Christmas Cookbook. It was a quick addition without much preparation. Perfect for a special occasion or just because!

Grocery List:
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
3 cups haricot verts
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

I chose to use frozen haricot verts - to help in the thawing process, I simply ran them under warm water. Next, toss them in the olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and spread out along a cooking sheet.

In a skillet, cook the vinegar over medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until syrupy and slightly reduced. Bake the beans at 475 for 15-18 minutes or until charred in appearance. Remove from oven and toss in the balsamic glaze and serve immediately.

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