I first tasted roasted green beans in a Chinese restaurant and fell in love with the texture and flavor. This is my Americanized version and it's always a big hit at our holiday table. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia
Marian Platt of Sequim, Washington dresses up crisp-tender green beans with celery, pimiento, Parmesan cheese and sunflower kernels. This quick side makes a nice complement to any entree, particularly Italian dishes.
Many beans are grown here in Georgia, so we find lots of ways to serve them. This is one of my favorite side dishes for holiday meals. To make it even more special, substitute hazelnuts for the almonds.
From Jackson, Mississippi, Lucy Banks writes, "I came across this recipe in a cookbook from France. Every time I serve it, people want to know what gives the green beans their unique flavor. It's the rosemary, of course!"
I wanted to make a colorful vegetable for Christmas dinner one year and came up with this combination. It was a big hit with our guests. Even my nephew, who attended culinary school, was impressed!
-Joan Sieck, Rensselaer, New York
Margaret Wagner Allen dresses up garden-fresh green beans in minutes, thanks to this easy microwave recipe. "The tender beans are delicious served with baked ham or grilled salmon," she writes from Abingdon, Virginia.
A mixture of celery, onion and green pepper adds a spark to this simple green bean side dish from Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana. It's pleasantly seasoned with dried tarragon and lemon-pepper, so its flavor complements most main-dish meats.