Try this side dish of Green Beans with Cranberries, Goat Cheese, and Toasted Almonds, drizzled with Fig Balsamic Glaze. You will never go back to mushy green bean casseroles again!
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This past weekend my family got together to celebrate my 30th birthday (yikes!) and Chanukah. We spent a long time deciding whether to have a buffet-style dinner at my apartment (because our tiny dining table only fits 6 people), go out to eat, or to have it at someone else’s house. Finally my aunt graciously offered to celebrate at her house, as long as we prepared all the food and cleaned up. It’s a deal!
So here was our dinner menu:
My signature Beet and Blue Cheese mixed greens Salad with homemade Citrus Vinaigrette Dressing, Parmesan Stuffed Mushrooms, Russian style deviled eggs, these amazing green beans, latkes, and Baked Swai Fillets in a White Wine Lemon Garlic Sauce. For dessert we had lemon bars and healthy dark chocolate truffles.
Yes, we like to eat in my family. 🙂
In this post, I will share my recipe for these Green Beans with Cranberries, Goat Cheese, and Toasted Almonds with a Fig Balsamic Glaze. Yes, the title is a mouthful! But these Green Beans are AMAZING because of these few extra ingredients.
Sweet and tart cranberries go so well with crunchy toasted almonds and creamy goat cheese. And the whole thing is drizzled with a fig-balsamic glaze. Oh, and there are green beans under there somewhere. 😉 The sweet and savory combination is just so tasty, you will probably eat a double serving of these green beans.
It is super easy to make this green beans side dish – you can saute the red onions and prep the sauce while the green beans are cooking. Take the extra minute to toast the almonds – their get so much tastier when toasted because the almond oils heat up and release a delicious aroma, and they also get crispier.
And definitely don’t skip the fig balsamic glaze. It is just so addicting, I like to drizzle it on top of so many dishes and even use it as a salad dressing. This is the one I have – my friend brought it back for me from Italy, but I was so excited that Amazon has it too!
After trying these green beans you will never go back to making mushy green been casseroles.
Green Beans with Cranberries, Almonds, and Goat Cheese in a Fig Balsamic Glaze
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add the green beans, and cook the green beans until crisp-tender, or however you prefer to eat them. (It takes about 5 minutes to cook the beans to crisp-tender.) When the beans are cooked, carefully drain the water and rinse the beans under cold water in a colander until they are no longer hot.
- Toast the sliced almonds in a small skillet over medium heat until they just start to brown. Set aside.
- Combine the balsamic glaze and Dijon mustard in a small bowl and whisk together until combined.
- In a large pan or a wok, saute the red onion in olive oil for 5 minutes, or until the onion has softened. Add salt and stir.
- Add the balsamic glaze mixture and the dried cranberries and let them cook together for a minute. Add the green beans and gently toss them in the wok to coat them in the balsamic glaze. Remove from heat.
- Serve with toasted almonds and crumbled goat cheese.