When it comes to making meals, I seem to have an unlimited stock of ideas. But sides? That is an entirely different story. I work so hard on the main-dish, I often find I have over-looked the items that turn a main dish into a meal – the sides.
Given the rush I often find myself in, side dishes are often overlooked. Most of the time, I can get away with ignoring that part of the meal. But when company shows up – I feel obliged to serve some extras.
This recipe is one of my all-time favorite sides. It is easy – which is a must for me. But more important than easy, it must taste good. These green beans are a hit…sweet, salty & crisp.
Adding pecans to the dish, makes it seem so special — you know fancy! Like fancy restaurant, fancy.
Whether you are serving the same pretty & handsome faces you stare at regularly or whether you are blessed with new pretty & handsome faces ((company)) – these Brown Sugar & Soy Green Beans will leave your diners with a smile.
- 1 T canola oil
- 1 large shallot (thinly sliced)
- 1 large green onion (both with and green parts - chopped)
- 1 lb frozen greens beans
- 1/4 to 1/3 c soy sauce (consider using low sodium soy sauce for this recipe)
- 1/4 to 1/3 c brown sugar (more or less to taste)
- 3/4 c raw pecans
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- In a large skillet, over medium heat, add oil. After oil & skillet are hot, add onion & shallots. Cook onions for 3-5 minutes to get soft. Add frozen green beans, soy sauce, brown sugar & pecans. Cook for 25-30 minutes, until green beans are soft.*
- Season with freshly ground black pepper to taste.
- *I prefer over-cooked green beans. Fancy restaurant may serve them bright green and crisp. However, I can't stand the waxy, crisp texture of fresh green beans. I get the crunch from pecans. If you happen to love the texture of waxy, crisp green beans - then I am guessing you would consider them perfect at 7-9 minutes into the cooking time.