I’ve you’ve bean thinking about the upcoming holiday season and fearful of not finding a fun and unique recipe to serve, look no further, my friend! Our easy garlic green beans and berries recipe will check all of your boxes and more. With its appetizing aroma, alluring appearance, and amazing ease of cooking, you’d better be ready for the oncoming compliments.
In less than 15 minutes, you’ll have a plate full of pretty red and green fruits and veggies packed with vitamins, minerals, and full-on flavor. The pungent garlic is offset by the tangy balsamic vinegar and tart cranberries, creating a perfect symmetry of contrasting color and tempting textures.
Put on an adorable kitchen apron, play your most favorite festive music, and let’s get those green beans boiling. You’ll absolutely love this delectable side dish!
We hope that the fantastic, food-filled photos will entice both your senses and your stomach. But, if you need more reasons why this garlic green bean recipe is so awesome, here they are!
This delightful duo is the perfect partner to any holiday meal. Because it takes only minutes to make, you can leave it for the very last second before serving. Or, even better, make it the night before a memorable meal and dish it up deliciously cold the next day. It’s incredible either way—chilled or warm.
This recipe not only tastes heavenly, but is healthy as well. When you’ve got an overload of rich recipes planned for the party season, it’s great to balance those out with a couple of antioxidant-enhanced accompaniments.
Green Beans – High in fiber, rich in vitamins C and A and a good source of minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc, as well as plant-based protein.
Cranberries – High nutrient and antioxidant content, good source of vitamin C and B vitamins, rich in fiber and vitamin E.
Garlic – Excellent source of B6, manganese, selenium, and vitamin C.
Just a few essentials and you’ll be one step closer to the most delicious holiday side dish. After a quick boil and dip into icy water, your beans will be ready to dress and serve. Feel free to add more or less of any ingredient as it suits you. This ravishing recipe is really versatile.
Step 1: Rinse and drain the green beans and trim off the ends.
Step 2: Fill a large saucepan with four quarts of water, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat.
Step 3: While waiting for the water to boil, measure out the cranberries, garlic, olive oil, and salt. Add them to a large bowl. Also, fill a second large bowl with ice water for submerging the green beans after boiling.
Step 4: When water is boiling, add the green beans and cook for 3-5 minutes over medium high heat. Drain well and immediately plunge the beans into the bowl of ice water. Let sit for a minute and then drain the beans again.
Step 5: Add the beans to the large bowl with the cranberry mixture and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix well to combine.
This dish tastes delicious served either warm or cold. It’s even better the next day. Enjoy!
The great thing about green beans is that they store well, either in the fridge or the freezer. Covered well, this string bean side dish should last about 3-4 days in the refrigerator. The recipe will stay fresher longer if you keep the ingredients separate and mix together just before serving.
If your green veggies are on the way out, this is a great way to save on food waste. Blanch them before it’s too late and then freeze them immediately in an airtight container or storage bag until ready to use. If stored correctly, they can stay freshly frozen for up to 10 months. To thaw, place the beans overnight in the fridge or leave on the countertop until unfrozen.
So glad you asked! That’s the very reason why we use the blanching method to cook our beans. Boiling them for a short amount of time and then quickly plunging them into super cold water makes them keep their crispness and color. You could also steam them for 5-7 minutes in a pot with 1 inch of water and a steamed basket with lid.
Sure! You can even use sugar snap peas, too. Besides the common, run-of-the-mill green bean, you can substitute string beans, wax beans, french beans (also called haricot vert in French), snap beans, and Romanos. They’re all very closely related with similar cooking times. The choice is up to you!
It’s possible to use canned green beans, but they won’t taste or look nearly as good. Canned green beans have a distinctive green-ish gray tint and will be most likely over cooked and over salted. But, if that’s all you have, we say, “Go for it!” It’s better to have some veggies on your table than none at all. If you have the choice between buying fresh, frozen, or canned, try to choose the first two options. They’ll be much tastier and prettier on your plate.
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This vegetarian green bean recipe was created and written by Gina House for World of Vegan. Vegan food photography by Amanda McGillicuddy. Edited by Rachel Lessenden. Many thanks to Milan Shah for testing this recipe!