Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Sauteed Green Beans with Tomatoes

This Giada recipe was perfect! I knew I wanted to make green beans on Easter but I wasn't sure how. I didn't want to make the classic green bean casserole- I wanted something lighter, healthier, and more natural. This recipe fit the bill. I originally was going to omit the parmesan crisps because I had so much to do with cooking but I am glad I made them, they really accented the dish well.

1 1/2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 large shallots, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Parmesan Crisps, recipe follows (Be sure to use freshly grated parmesan- not the powder. It won't work with powder)

Cook the green beans in a large pot of boiling water until just crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water. Drain well; set aside.

Melt the butter and oil in a heavy, large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic and saute until tender, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes. Add the beans and cook until the juices evaporate and the beans are almost tender, stirring often, about 10 minutes. Stir in the wine and basil. Simmer 2 minutes longer. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Transfer to a serving bowl, and serve.

Parmesan Crisps:
1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Pour a heaping tablespoon of Parmesan onto a silicone or parchment lined baking sheet and lightly pat down. A silicone baking sheet is highly recommended. Repeat with the remaining cheese, spacing the spoonfuls about a 1/2-inch apart.

Bake for 3 to 5 minutes or until golden and crisp. Cool.


  1. This looks like a great side dish!!

  2. This recipe taught me an important lesson. Parmesan Crisps are awesome!!!