Food.  I do love food.  Cooking, smelling the aroma as flavors blend, tasting as it cooks and then enjoying the finished dish.

2013-11-28T18-33-41_0

It’s been awhile since you’ve seen a new recipe from me so I’m sharing one of my favorite holiday side dishes.  Sautéed Green Beans with Almonds and Mushrooms.2013-12-01T18-34-25_0

It’s not the typical holiday green beans with mushroom soup and crunchy onions as that’s never been one that I could really dig into.  This one keeps the flavor and taste of the vegetable at the top of the palate and enhanced with sautéed mushrooms and nutty almonds.  Cook them al dente so that the flavors still compliment each other and do not turn into a limp blend of soggy beans. 

Ingredients:

1 pound fresh green beans; ends trimmed
2 tablespoons Olive oil
1 tablespoon Butter
1 cup Fresh mushrooms; sliced
3 tablespoons Almonds; slivered
1/2 teaspoons Salt
1/2 teaspoon Cavendar’s Greek Spice; Can substitute other spice mix
1/2 cup Chicken broth; Can substitute vegetable broth

Preparation:

Wash and trim green beans.  Try to pick a young slender beans around 5 – 6 inches long.  If you choose a more mature bean then cut beans into 3 – 4 inch lengths.

Add olive oil and butter to medium size fry pan and bring to medium heat.  Add sliced mushrooms to the melted butter and olive oil.  Sauté mushrooms until they begin to soften.   Add beans and continue to sauté at medium low heat.  Add and stir in raw slivered almonds, salt and Cavendar’s spice and continue to cook until almonds begin to brown and beans begin to soften slightly.

Add chicken broth or vegetable broth (I prefer Knorr’s Homestyle Stock) and continue to simmer over low heat until beans reach desired doneness.   Cook  the beans cooked al dente which is where the cooked bean begins to bend in half but is not limp.  Remove from heat and serve immediately.

This sweet and savory stuffed mushroom appetizer is made with ground sweet Italian sausage, goat cheese & chopped Calimyrna figs.  For a little extra eye appeal they’ve been topped them with slivered almonds.

Fresh Calimyrna figs  are definitely my preference over the darker variety fig as they have a milder flavor that doesn’t over power the other ingredients.  The tastes of this stuffed mushroom will burst with variety of sweet and savory flavors that seem to crunch and pop out individually.

DSC_0141

You can easily substitute golden delicious apples and feta cheese for figs and goat cheese if not available.  Sometimes you can find dried figs packaged on the same aisle in the grocery as where you find raisins.

DSC_0147Read More →