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Green Beans with Apple Cider

Published February 29, 2016 by jenmatteson

If you don’t have apple cider in your fridge this time of year, you are adulting incorrectly. I suppose it’s past prime apple season, but it’s still a perfect winter warmer. Not only is it delicious on it’s own (or with a smidge of brandy), but it’s great for cooking, too!


We eat a lot of vegetables in our house, but I feel like I’m always doing the same thing with them. Sauté in olive oil, salt and pepper, serve. Repeat. If you want to add a little excitement to your hum-drum vegetables, add cider! This is a quick, simple twist on green beans, which add just a little bit of sweetness. If you don’t have cider, don’t be afraid to use white wine. I did the last time I made these, and they were fantastic!


Green Beans with Apple Cider

Source: Adapted from Food Network
Servings: 8


32 oz green beans
olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
3/4 cup apple cider
salt and pepper


1. Bring a medium saucepan filled with water to a boil. Add green beans and boil for 4-6 minutes, or until tender, but with a bite. Remove from heat and drain beans. Set aside.

2. Heat a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil and the onions and cook until beginning to caramelize, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the cider, raise the heat to medium-high and cook until liquid is reduced and syrupy, about 5 minutes.

3. Add beans to the pan with onions and cider. Toss to coat, salt and pepper to taste.

Gingered Green Beans

Published November 21, 2012 by jenmatteson

Green beans alone with a little olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper are great, but this is a wonderful way to dress them up a little.  You can certainly adjust the spice if you don’t like the heat.

These were on the menu for our friend’s Thanksgiving this past Saturday, and I put Kim in charge of them.  She did a wonderful job!  We ran out of crushed red pepper, so we added some red pepper flakes in addition.  The beans were cooked perfectly, with a little bite, but the ginger really set these green beans apart.   I don’t know if I’ll make them again without the ginger!

Gingered Green Beans

Source: Adapted from Food and Wine
Servings: 5


1 lb green beans, washed and trimmed
3 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
Kosher salt


1. Fill a large bowl with ice water.  In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook beans until crisp tender, about 4 minutes.  Drain beans and add to ice water to cool.  Drain and pat dry.

2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil.  Add garlic and cook over moderate high heat until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Stir in the ground ginger and crushed red pepper, then add the beans.  Season with salt and cook until garlic becomes brown the beans are tender, about 2-3 minutes.  Serve warm.

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