Balsamic Green Beans with Red Onions and Shallots

I served this side dish that I found in the January/February 2012 Cooking Light issue with the Chicken Cacciatore I made recently.  The beans had a nice tangy flavor and the onions and shallots melted in my mouth.  I was the only one in my family that liked them so I enjoyed the remaining green beans today with my lunch.  My kids said they liked the flavor of the sauce but didn’t like the green beans and my husband said it just wasn’t his favorite.  I LOVED these beans so I decided to post the recipe even without the rest of my family’s approval.  If you like green beans and balsamic vinegar – give this tasty side dish a try.

Heat a teaspoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add the onions and shallots then cook for 6 minutes, stirring often, or until softened.  Add the garlic then sauté, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.  Add the beef broth; cook for 4 minutes or until the onions are really tender and the liquid almost evaporates.  Add the green beans and vinegar; cover and cook for 4 minutes or until the beans are crisp-tender.  Remove from heat and stir in 1 tsp of butter then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.  Enjoy.

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Balsamic Green Beans with Red Onions and Shallots

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

1 tsp of olive oil
1/2 red onion, sliced thinly
1 shallot, sliced thinly
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup of beef broth
2 cups of green beans, trimmed
2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1 tsp butter

Directions:

Heat a teaspoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and shallots then cook for 6 minutes, stirring often, or until softened. Add the garlic and sauté, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the beef broth; cook for 4 minutes or until the onions are really tender and the liquid almost evaporates. Add the green beans and vinegar; cover and cook for 4 minutes or until the beans are crisp-tender. Remove from heat and stir in 1 tsp of butter then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking
Original recipe found in January/February 2012 Cooking Light

 

 

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15 Responses to “Balsamic Green Beans with Red Onions and Shallots”

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — February 21, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

    I am a huge fan of green beans, but I am the only one if my family who likes them :( The balsamic and shallots sounds like a great addition. Love Cooking Light!

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    Bryan — February 21, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

    I seldom cooked this side dish of yours and i really like it. I f Im correct we called it here
    “Adobong Sitaw” in PH :p in 15mins we can make it . thanks for sharing :)

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 22, 2012 @ 12:22 am

    I love all the flavors in here! I’m a bit obsessed with balsamic vinegar. I’m not a big fan of green beans though so I will try this with some asparagus. Yum!

    Thanks for sharing! :)

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    Jersey Girl Cooks — February 22, 2012 @ 4:15 am

    I would love these but my kids and hubby probably wouldn’t like the onions. I will make them anyway and then get all the leftovers to myself too. Great recipe!

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    Jenn's Food Journey — February 22, 2012 @ 4:35 am

    I love adding balsamic to whatever I can… I just love it’s tangy flavor. These beans sound wonderful! Can’t wait to try them!

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    Kim in MD — February 22, 2012 @ 5:33 am

    YUM! I love everything about these green beans! My husband and I will love this, but my children (like yours) probably won’t. Too bad for them…that just means more for us! ;-)

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — February 22, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    Ooo, I bet these are so flavorful! Great idea for green beans, Pam. Thanks!

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    Kris — February 22, 2012 @ 8:36 am

    Hi Pam. I am so glad you loved Downton Abbey as much as we did! I too have told everyone I know, and they are all hooked. It is, to me, the best thing on the telly!!!! We cannot wait for season 3. Shirley MacLaine will be cast as the Grandma in NYC. Can’t wait!!!
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — February 22, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    This is a dish after my heart! Looks really flavourful.

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    Marjie — February 22, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

    Green beans are tricky. Many people just don’t love them. As for me, I just adore them any way I can get my mitts on them.

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    Words Of Deliciousness — February 22, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

    I love green beans too and think that this would be a delightful side dish to any meal.

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    Helen — February 22, 2012 @ 10:48 pm

    Already tried it and its perfect for my taste promise :)
    Its too easy to prepare . added to my list …

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    Tiffany — February 27, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

    Do you think the green beans would taste OK if I used chicken broth instead?

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    Marissa — March 8, 2012 @ 12:34 am

    I really liked this recipe! I think next time I would just use a package of shallots and forget the red onion completely. I also added some parmesan/romano/asiago shredded cheese blend at the very end just before serving. I agree that this is very easy to prepare but looks somewhat gourmet (if you care about that kind of thing).

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