For times when you’re looking to dress up a meal, these simple green beans, tossed with a bit of Gorgonzola or Blue Cheese are perfect. Tossed with the hot beans, the cheese melts a bit into a creamy sauce and the Pecans add a bit of crunch and interest. Best part: it takes practically no time at all.
While I think there is nothing better in the world than a perfectly cooked green bean with a touch of butter, sometimes a little dress up is needed – Impress company with this simple little trick, or just make it when you want some bold flavors to spark up a meal or stand up to something hearty. Nuts contain healthy oils, and I try to work them into recipes whenever I can.
You can vary cheeses or nuts as desired, and if I want to go really all out for a holiday meal (especially if I already have them on hand) I’ll just use some of my Candied Pecans in this. I often serve this dish when I’m serving a simple main dish like a sautéed chicken breast, and these are great with a hamburger, like my Da Bomb Oven Roasted Hamburgers.
Green Beans with Gorgonzola or Blue Cheese
- 1 pound green beans, trimmed
- 1/4 cup water
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
- 1/3 cup toasted chopped pecans, see note
Bring green beans and water to a boil in a large skillet. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook until the beans are just tender, 3 minutes. Uncover and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the water has evaporated, 3 to 4 minutes more. If beans are done before water is gone, drain.
Add blue cheese and toss until well coated.Salt and pepper to taste; blue cheese may be salty. Turn into a bowl. Sprinkle pecans over the top
note: to toast chopped or sliced nuts, stir constantly in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value *|
|Total Fat 10 g||16 %|
|Saturated Fat 3 g||14 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 1 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g|
|Trans Fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 8 mg||3 %|
|Sodium 236 mg||10 %|
|Potassium 268 mg||8 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 10 g||3 %|
|Dietary Fiber 4 g||16 %|
|Sugars 4 g|
|Protein 5 g||11 %|
|Vitamin A||18 %|
|Vitamin C||23 %|
Let’s talk about how to save money/time on this recipe:
- Use a coupon matching site! One of my favorites in my area is Pocket Your Dollars, but every store has a group of enthusiastic Coupon Matchers. Do not discount the savings! I check their site every week, even if I don’t “need” to go to the store and often find bargains I can’t pass up.
- Follow my 12 Strategies – You’ll see them on the upper drop down menu of every page and how I apply them, below.
- Don’t get discouraged if your prices don’t match mine! Keep shopping at the best prices and your fridge/freezer and pantry will be stocked with sales priced ingredients.
- Read Strategies Applied for additional tips as well as throughout the recipe, for saving time and managing food.
Put your own Spin on it:
- Vary nuts and/or type of cheese.
- Try this method on another vegetable.
Recipe made March 2014