Side Dish Challenge: Balsamic Green Beans

I realized I had forgotten a few side dish recipes in my "BEST Thanksgiving Side Dish Challenge". I had promised recipes for all of the Sweet Sixteen finalists, and I left a few out. One of those being Balsamic Green Beans. Technically, I didn't forget to make them. I made them to bring to Thanksgiving dinner, but when I took them to Jersey, I forgot to take pictures of the final product, and I don't like to post recipes without original pictures.  Luckily, at school (which is really work) the other night, we served green beans for dinner and I wanted to doctor them up so they weren't simply steamed. I made them into Balsamic Green Beans and got to photograph them for The Community Plate.  Read on for the easy details:

What You'll Need:
  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 3/4 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper
1. Snip the ends of your green beans and transfer them to a pot of rapidly boiling water. Boil until al dente, and quickly submerge in a large bowl of ice water.

2. In a mixing bowl, whisk oil, vinegar, garlic, onion powder, and Italian seasoning. Salt and pepper to taste. 

3. In a container with a tight lid, pour the oil and vinegar over the green beans, close the lid, and shake until green beans are completely covered. Taste, and add more seasoning if needed. Enjoy!!


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