Green Beans with Caramelized Onions & Nuts
This is a great vegetable side dish for a dinner party or for a holiday buffet. It looks great plated, especially when topped with toasted nuts. The flavors of butter, caramelized onions and green beans are delicious.
2 lbs. Green Beans, trimmed
½ Cup Pignoli Nuts (or your favorite nut)
4 Tbsp. Butter
4 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Large Red Onions, Sliced Thin
1 Tsp. Salt
1 Tsp. Black Pepper
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the green beans for approx. 5 minutes. Transfer the green beans to a bath of ice water to cool. When the green beans are cooled, drain and set aside. In a saucepan over medium heat, add the pignoli and toast until golden brown, approx. 2 minutes. Remove from the skillet and set aside. Add the butter and olive oil to the skillet, and heat until the butter has melted. Add the onions, salt and pepper. Cook stirring frequently, until the onions caramelize, approx. 20 minutes. Add the cooked and cooled green beans and pignoli, and stir to heat through. Season again with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.