Buttery French Green Beans with Garlic-Sauteed Mushrooms, a Simple & Crisp Take On Things

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Ah, the beloved Thanksgiving table!

It can look like a never-ending line of saucy-ness, richness, sweetness and savory-ness, which frankly, is perfectly fine with me.

That’s exactly as it should be!

The more buttery biscuits, pillowy rolls, flowing gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, turkey, stuffing (or dressing) and sweet cranberry sauce, the better; but for this Thanksgiving, I’m offering up at least one clean, green, simple and crisp take on a favorite, just to balance things a smidge!

Buttery French Green Beans | thecozyapron.com

Green bean casserole is one of our favorite parts of the Thanksgiving meal—we absolutely love it; and I even came up with a completely-from-scratch-version a couple of years ago, if your heart is still set on a creamy and saucy version that is ridiculously delicious.

Buttery French Green Beans | thecozyapron.com

But this year, I’ve got a lightened-up recipe for those beloved green beans that is more vibrant and show’s off their crisper side, all without losing any of that perfectly savory flavor that we all love.

And that sounds like the type of mouthwatering compromise that I can certainly live with!

Buttery French Green Beans | thecozyapron.com

Green beans and earthy mushrooms are truly a match made in heaven; so to keep that partnership alive and well, I’ve sauteed savory shiitakes with lots of fragrant garlic and herbs, then added the green beans to the party to soak up some of the flavor and topped everything off with some shaved parmesan and toasted hazelnuts for a nutty crunch.

It’s a side dish with hints of all of the delectable flavors we’re familiar with in the classic casserole, only simplified and lightened up to show off the vibrant green of the veggies, and the amazing texture of the mushrooms and crunchy, toasted nuts.

Buttery French Green Beans | thecozyapron.com

So if you’re looking to add a little splash of green color and crispness to the soft richness found on the traditional Thanksgiving table, this is the perfect little veggie side to brighten things up.

And just think, you can always smother ’em in gravy!

Taste what’s good and pass it on.


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