These Thanksgiving green beans with apple cider and thyme are both sweet and savory and work great with roasted poultry (such as these roasted Cornish game hens). The dish is perfect as a Thanksgiving side but works equally well during the rest of the year.
Ingredient notes & substitutions:
- You can use French-cut (thinly sliced) green beans or whole green beans for this recipe. (Whole green beans will take a little longer to steam.)
How to make it:
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Step 1. Steam frozen green beans until tender.
Step 2. Saute diced onion in melted butter.
Step 3. Add chicken broth, apple cider and reduce.
Step 4. Stir in dried thyme and season to taste with salt.
How to serve it:
These beans go very well with roasted poultry. They make a great side dish for a Thanksgiving dinner but work equally well the rest of the year.
Recipe notes & tips:
- Be sure to cook the sauce all the way down until it has a nice, tart apple flavor. I recommend tasting the sauce before adding the beans to it and adding more apple cider (and reducing again) for a more prominent apple flavor, if desired.
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Thanksgiving Green Beans
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- measuring cups and spoons
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- steamer basket
- wooden spoon
- 8 ounces frozen green beans
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ¼ cup diced onion
- ¾ cup chicken broth
- ¼ cup apple cider
- 1½ teaspoons dried thyme
- salt, to taste
- Bring a pot of water to a boil and steam the beans until tender (8 to 10 minutes).
- While the beans are steaming, melt the butter in saucepan.
- Add the onion and saute until translucent.
- Add the broth and the apple cider.
- Cook on high heat until the liquid is reduced to a thick and syrupy consistency (10 to 12 minutes).*
- Stir the thyme into the sauce, then season with salt to taste.
- Toss the beans with the sauce and serve.
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