Updated: 11/14/2012 9:06 AM
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Warm Balsamic Green Beans
A holiday favorite, Green Bean Casserole, gets a little twist with Becky Wahlund, Director of the Land O’Lakes Test Kitchen.
½ cup slivered almonds
1 tablespoon LAND O LAKES® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt
1 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoons LAND O LAKES® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt
½ cup onion, chopped
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh garlic
1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed, cut in half
1 medium (1 cup) red bell pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Place all topping ingredients into 8-inch nonstick skillet. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium-low heat until almonds are golden and caramelized (7 to 10 minutes). Immediately remove from heat; spread onto waxed paper to cool.
Meanwhile, melt 3 tablespoons Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt in 12-inch skillet over medium heat until sizzling; add onion and garlic. Cook until onion begins to soften (3 to 5 minutes). Add green beans, red bell pepper, salt and pepper. Continue cooking 5 minutes. Cover; cook until beans are crisply tender (8 to 10 minutes). Add honey and vinegar; continue cooking until sauce thickens and beans are well coated (2 to 3 minutes).
Place beans into serving bowl; top with caramelized almonds.