This green bean side dish is both sweet and savory and works great with roasted poultry. It’s easily made with chicken broth, onion, dried thyme and apple cider.
A few ingredient notes:
- If apple cider is not available, you can substitute a good-quality apple juice.
- 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:
Steam the beans:
Step 1. Add water to a pot and bring to a boil. Transfer 8 ounces frozen green beans into a steamer basket, set over the boiling water and steam until the beans are tender (8 to 10 minutes).
Saute diced onion:
Step 2. While the beans are steaming, melt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter in a saucepan, then add ¼ cup diced white or yellow onion and saute until translucent (a few minutes).
Add liquid and reduce:
Step 3. Pour in ¾ cup chicken broth and ¼ cup apple cider. Cook on high heat until the sauce is reduced to a syrupy consistency (10 to 12 minutes).
Step 4. Stir in 1 ½ teaspoons dried thyme and season to taste with salt, then toss the beans with the sauce.
How to serve it:
This dish goes very well with roasted poultry and makes a great side for a Thanksgiving dinner.
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Apple Cider Green Beans with Thyme
- 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.