We all know we're going to have turkey and gravy on Thanksgiving, but that's not what I get excited about eating. I really get excited about the side dishes. My mom's fabulous stuffing, Emily's super delicious cranberry sauce, Jen's amazing sweet potato souffle. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I wanted to send out a challenge to you--post your favorite Thanksgiving side dish recipes or tips before the big day. May all our Thanksgivings be more thankful and delicious than the last.
My contribution is a recipe I came up with a few years ago. I wanted green beans in a butter sauce, but couldn't find a recipe, so I experimented and came up with this one.
Garlicky Green Beans in Butter Sauce
2 Tbsp. butter
2 garlic cloves, sliced very thin
2 tsp. flour
1/2 c. chicken broth
2 cans green beans
1/4-1/2 c. sliced almonds
Salt and pepper to taste
Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute until golden brown. Stir in flour and cook for a minute to take away the floury taste. Stir in chicken broth. Cook until thickened, one to two minutes. Add green beans and heat through. Off the heat, add almonds and season to taste.
Here are my tips and suggestions:
--Don't leave the garlic alone, it will go from pale to burnt quite quickly. Also, don't be tempted to turn up the heat to make it go faster (I always do that.), the burnt will happen quicker.
--If you don't like garlic, either leave it out, or fish it out of the butter before adding the flour. The second option will give you a subtle toasted garlic flavor.
--The butter sauce is made to be 1 Tbsp butter, 1 tsp flour, and 1/4 c. broth to 1 can green beans, but if you make the recipe as I have it here, you could probably add another can of green beans and have the sauce cover it.
--I usually make the sauce, add it to the green beans and microwave it.
--This can be made ahead of time. Make the sauce, pour it over the beans and put it in the fridge until you're ready to eat it. Then, nuke, add the almonds and season.