image description November 1, 2012

Steamed Green Beans with Toasted Almond-Mushroom Pesto

Ingredient List Print Recipe

  • 2 pounds green beans, tipped and trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons
  • 12 ounces stemmed and sliced mushrooms (cremini and shiitake are a nice mix for this dish)
  • small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoons fresh tarragon
  • 1 cup toasted almonds
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon tamari (soy sauce)
  • sea salt and white pepper to taste

Replace the Casserole

At your holiday gathering, take a break from the heavy fat and calorie laden side dishes and try this contemporary update. The green beans are a great replacement for Grandma’s traditional casserole with canned cream of mushroom soup. Variety really is the spice of life.

Instructions

Servings: 6

Place 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large no-stick skillet. Saute the onion, garlic and mushrooms until lightly browned.

Pull from heat. Add the tarragon and cool for 5 minutes.

Pulse puree the mushroom mixture in the food processor, being careful not to overmix. Add the almonds, lemon juice and tamari and pulse to combine. Reserve to a work bowl.

Steam the beans until crisp tender and reserve.
Right before serving, place the no-stick pan on high heat. Add the 2 teaspoons of oil, and add the beans, tossing until heated through. Add the mushroom mixture and toss to combine.

Cook for a few minutes and serve, seasoning with sea salt and ground white pepper.

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