I'm not a huge fan of green beans. I like them okay. I guess it was the way I was raised on them. In mixed veggies, which had peas mixed in and I HATE peas....or cooked to death to a mushy pile of.....mush. What I prefer are crisp beans with a little more flavor than just a plain green bean flavor. So I decided to jazz mine up a bit. I love the tang of balsamic vinegar and to temper the tang, I added honey. Talk about flavor! Yummmm!!!!
Honey Balsamic Green Beans
2 pounds green beans
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon onion powder
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
3 ounces sliced almonds
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the beans and cook them for 2 minutes. Immediately remove the beans from the water and dunk them in an ice bath to stop the cooking process. Drain.
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and green beans. Cover, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover, then stir in the vinegar, honey, onion powder, and salt and pepper, to taste. Cook to desired degree of doneness, about 4 to 6 minutes.
Transfer the beans to a serving bowl and serve. Sprinkle with almonds.