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
Green Beans with Radishes, suggested by Minnesota field editor Marlene Muchenhirn of Delano, is a side dish with a flavorful twist. "The fresh green beans are so pretty mixed with crisp radish slices," she says.
"Balsamic vinegar adds zing to these colorful sauteed veggies that cook in a flash," says Chris Kallies of Oldsmar, Florida. "Trim the beans and julienne the pepper ahead to make this dish in a snap at the last minute."
A sweet-and-sour sauce makes fresh green beans a little special. The tangy treatment for this everyday vegetable dresses them up nicely, so they complement most any meal. —Suzanne McKinley of Lyons, Georgia
This beans are seasoned with some of my favorite herbs. I've found that basil, oregano and parsley are great flavor accents for canned, frozen or fresh beans. I've taken this delicious side along to last-minute potlucks as well.—Heidi Wilcox, Lapeer, Michigan
This dish always conjures up memories of Mom's traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. Everyone loves green beans when they're dressed up in a creamy suace and topped with golden french-fried onions.—Christy Hinrichs, Parkville, Missouri
If you want a slimmed down version on the classic. This recipe calls for calls for frozen green beans instead of canned, a from-scratch sauce in place of a can of soup and a homemade onion topping. The result is a creamy casserole with wonderful flavor!—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
This easy-to-do vegetable dish becomes memorable with the addition of marjoram. The taste is very subtle, yet distinctive. I like to fix beans this way for special dinners, since the bright green is so pretty on the plate.
-Charlene Griffin, Minocqua, Wisconsin
Green beans get a makeover with help from fresh mushrooms, ranch salad dressing mix and crumbled bacon. For added convenience, Nicole Orr of Columbus, Ohio sometimes uses canned mushrooms when fixing this side dish.