Saturday, November 20, 2010

Green Beans With Hazelnuts and Blue Cheese


A few years ago for Thanksgiving, my mom made green beans with blue cheese and toasted hazelnuts and after helping myself to seconds, thirds, heck, probably even fourths, that night… I haven't been able to stop thinking about them.  Cut to 4 years later and I finally decided to attempt to recreate said blessed recipe for Friendsgiving.  And you know what?  Every last nibble of the green beans were gone.  I got a text message a few days later from Julie begging me for the recipe.  The power of the blue cheese green beans lives on!!

Now, I should them you know that I really love blue cheese.  It's my preferred pizza topping, it goes of almost all of my salads and I pop handfuls of crumbles into my mouth.  I like the strong stuff, the mild stuff and everything in-between.  I blame my mother, she got me hooked early.

If blue cheese doesn't make your skirt fly up, that's ok.  I'll convince you sooner or later.  For the time being, try a buttermilk blue cheese in this recipe.  It has enough flavor to satisfy a seasoned veteran like me, but is mild enough to ease the unexperienced in.

If you were wondering, this recipe is quick to make, easy to store and a dream to reheat (…if there are even any leftovers).
 
Green Beans With Hazelnuts and Blue Cheese

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/2 cup whole hazelnuts
  • 3/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
Directions
  1. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans, return to a boil and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until bright green and crisp. Drain well and set aside.
  2. Return the pot to medium-high. Add the butter and hazelnuts and stir until the nuts are lightly toasted and fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the green beans and stir until heated through.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the cheese and toss until melted. Season with salt and pepper.

2 comments:

clareintheworld said...

I tried this out as a test run for a potential Thanksgiving side. YUM! We will definitely be having it on Thursday. I am shocked I had never thought to combine 3 of my favorite ingredients...

Carrie said...

Blue cheese! I love, love, love blue cheese. I'm making blue cheese bites (like blue cheese cheesecake with a pecan crust). Great choice. :)

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