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Barbecued Green Beans

Food | June 06, 2017 | Nik Manojlovich
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Looking for a fresh-tasting vegetable side dish that’s both creamy and crunchy? Wait until you try these BARBECUED GREEN BEANS.

I’m forever looking for new ways of preparing my favourite vegetables. I know that green beans are to some adults what broccoli is to a majority of kids, but if prepared well, really any vegetable can become a taste sensation.

The key to this recipe is cooking the beans just until they’re slightly crisp and crunchy, before tossing them in a cream cheese, dill and lemon dressing.

Here are some important preparation tips:

GREEN BEANS – Of course locally grown organic beans will taste the best, and if you’re growing your own, I’m jealous. French beans are equally as good, and remember not to discriminate – yellow ones are tasty too.

CREAM CHEESE – I found fresh-made cream cheese at a local cheese store, and it’s lighter in texture, helping it melt into the warm beans. Certainly worth tracking some down.

FRESH DILL AND LEMON – My mom often paired this distinctive herb with lemon. She always had dill growing in the garden – it’s a great go-to herb for summer months.

ROASTED SHALLOTS – Although shallots make me weep more than onions, roasting them creates a mild, sweet flavour. They add a nice nutty flavour to this dish.

Finally, just a suggestion on the yield of the recipe: this could serve four people modestly, but if you’re feeding bean lovers, or if I’m a guest, best to double the recipe!!!

BARBECUED GREEN BEANS are addictively delicious.

Ingredients & Amounts

  • 1 large shallot
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh dill, chopped
  • juice of ½ of a lemon
  • ¼ cup of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 cups of green beans, ends trimmed
  • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Slice shallot in half lengthwise and fine-chop. Pile into a mound on a parchment-lined baking sheet and drizzle with a bit of oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper, toss and spread out on the baking sheet. Transfer to oven and roast until sizzling and slightly crispy, about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.
  2. Preheat barbecue to 500°F. Toss prepared beans in extra virgin olive oil to coat and place into a barbecue basket. Put basket onto grill and toss beans continually as they cook. Remove from grill when still slightly crisp.
  3. Transfer beans to a medium-sized bowl. Add cream cheese and toss until cheese melts and evenly coats beans. Add dill, lemon juice and shallot and toss. Adjust taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

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