Skip to main content

Green Beans Parmesan

I have a love for side dishes, however unless it's a meal that I'm trying to impress with, like a dinner party for friends or family, I typically don't spend a lot of time on side dishes.  Most nights I tend to just throw some veggies in a steamer, roast them or grill them and pair with a pasta side, potatoes or some other starch.  While browsing through Pink Parsley Catering, a new favorite blog of mine, I saw these amazing looking green beans that looked perfect for a quasi-dinner party I was hosting not so long ago.  These green beans ended up being easy enough that I think I'll have to add them in to my arsenal of go-to side dishes.  Yes, they are a little more time consuming than just sauteeing or throwing in a pot to steam, but in the end they're really not all that time consuming and are so worth the extra few minutes.






Green Beans Parmesan 
Ingredients:
1 slice high-quality white sandwich bread (without crusts), torn into quarters
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh basil
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 medium shallot, chopped fine
3 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained (I only used half the can as I'm not a huge fan of tomatoes)
1 pound green beans, washed, and ends trimmed
1/3 cup low sodium chicken broth
salt and pepper

Directions:
Process the bread in a food processor (you should have about 1 cup crumbs).

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the breadcrumbs and cook, tossing often, until golden brown, 3-5 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and toss with 1/4 cup Parmesan and the chopped basil.

Wipe out the skillet with a paper towel, and add 1 Tablespoon of oil. Heat over medium heat until shimmering. Add the shallot and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Cook until soft, 1-3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes and cook until the liquid evaporates, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl.

Wipe out the skillet again, and heat the last tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Add the green beans and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook, tossing the beans often, until they are browned in spots, about 8 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and stir in tomato mixture and chicken broth. Cover and cook until the beans are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Remove the lid and cook until the liquid evaporates, 2 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan. Adjust seasonings if necessary with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving dish and top with bread crumbs.

Adapted from: Pink Parsley Catering

Comments

  1. This looks great! Sounds tasty too!!

    Do you not care for all tomatoes?? Or just not cooked tomatoes?

    ReplyDelete
  2. Now this is a recipe that could get me to eat my veggies! It looks really great!

    ReplyDelete
  3. sounds fabulous & fancy! Great idea to jazz up a side dish!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Pup - it's really a consistency thing. I like tomato flavors so sauces and stuff, but chopped tomatoes I'm really not a huge fan of. I eat them but I usually end up picking some out, halving in recipes, etc. I wish I liked them more because I wouldn't feel as left out around the chips and salsa as I do at happy hours!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Key Lime Gooey Butter Cake

I'm from St. Louis.  The home of Gooey Butter Cake.  Many people think it's a Paula Deen creation, and how could you not when you see how much butter is in it, but you can't go in to a restaurant, bakery or grocery store without seeing gooey butter somewhere in St. Louis.  We love it.  What's not to love with butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, oh my!

But, considering I've made it numerous times, I'm always up for a new variation.  Nutella?  Check!  Cookies?  Don't mind if I do!  Pumpkin?  Well of course!  While talking to my mom about what to bring to a family function, she mentioned she saw a recipe for key lime gooey butter cake.  Sold!  I've never heard of the website she sent over to me, but it looked similar to the basics of every other recipe I've used for Gooey Butter Cake so I knew I wanted to give it a try!

One thing people may not realize is that Gooey Butter Cake is very easy to make.  Just a few ingredients really!  Just mix them, ba…

Nutella Cannoli

Nutella is something that I love, but honestly don't really eat or bake with that often, always regretting that fact each time I eat something with Nutella. Well, I am vowing to change my ways - starting with these Cannolis!  They're definitely not a traditional cannoli as the combination of cream cheese and whipped cream make them more like a cheesecake filling, or even mousse, but the cannoli shell makes them easy to grab and eat.  No fork required - my kind of dessert!


Usually I prefer to make mini cannolis because sometimes full ones are just too rich for me, however any recipe could easily be adapted to a regular cannoli shell size (or mini size if the case may be).  The combination of the cream cheese, whipped cream and Nutella definitely made these a rich bite-size dessert, that I think may become one of my go-to recipes when I need to make something quick and impressive.

Nutella Cannoli
Ingredients:
24 Mini Cannoli Shells
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sug…

Beach Party Cupcakes AND 100th Blog Post

I saw these cupcake pops on Bakerella's site and just knew I had to use the idea sometime. When thinking about something fun to make for 4th of July I thought about something summery that the kids would enjoy so obviously a cute cupcake would do the trick and what's more fun in the summer than fireworks and swimming? Not much, I'll tell you that! Knowing that everything is fireworks galore on the 4th I decided to go the swimming route and make these cupcakes. Not only were they adorable, it really only took an extra 10 minutes to decorate than if I were to frost a plain-jane cupcake. Surf's Up! (aw man, I wish I had made some surfin little dudes! I'll have to remember that for next time!)



Beach Party Cupcakes
Inspired by Bakerella
Ingredients
1 recipe favorite cupcake recipe (I used a coconut lime cake)
1 recipe favorite cupcake frosting (another coconut lime, without the coconut flakes)
Blue decorating tint
Blue decorating sugar
Honey Teddy Grahams
Finely Crushed Graham C…