Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Green Beans Are Delicious! Especially The Way I Make Them.

I always forget I have this recipe in my repertoire, which is a shame because it's definitely a crowd pleaser! It goes wonderfully with holiday dishes - I like to make it for my family on Thanksgiving and Christmas. They actually ask for it! Talk about an ego boost! This is great as a side dish, because it's vegan without being a substitute for something else, or 'weird vegan food', if you know what I mean.
With the weather being what it is in San Francisco, (the same, year round/slightly colder in the summer than the winter) it's appropriate for me to make this dish in all seasons!
This dish is a alteration of Isa Chandra Moskowitz's 'Sauteed Green Beans with Mushrooms' from Vegan With A Vengeance.

You will need:
     *A little over a pound of mushrooms, chopped. (I like cremini).
     *2 pounds of green beans (washed with the ends cut off. Sometimes I cut them in half)
     *4 - 8 cloves of garlic (chopped or minced)
     *Olive Oil
     *1 TBS Salt
     *1/2 TBS Pepper
     *1/3 cup of sherry
     *1/4 cup of coconut aminos, soy sauce or Braggs.
     *1 medium red onion (chopped). Shallots are a nice flavor, instead of onion, if you so desire.
     *1/2 TBS Italian seasoning

Heat up olive oil in a pan, add onions. I like to cook them until carmelized, but transparent is fine too. Add garlic, being sure not to brown or burn it. After about 3 minutes, or until garlic is fragrant, add mushrooms. Cook for about 5 - 10 minutes, until moisture is released and they shrink in size. Add salt, pepper and Italian seasoning, let them cook in. Add coconut aminos, soy sauce or Braggs, Sherry and let it come to a light boil. Add green beans, and then enough water to cover beans about half way. Cover and cook until green beans are soft. It's nice when they still have a little crunch, but I am also a fan of mushy vegetables. Basically, they are done when they are fork tender.

 Mushrooms, onion, garlic and spices.

Adding the green beans. 

 I don't have a cover for this pot.....


New thrift store dish! Very Mad Men inspired!

 Sam loved it! This elegant lady despises mushrooms, yet she had seconds! I wasn't lying when I called it a 'crowd - pleaser'.

1 comment:

  1. No joke, I HATE mushrooms and I really did have seconds! And probably even thirds (if you count all the times I kept picking out of the dish). So delicious. And not "weird" vegan food at all! I'm a fan!