Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Gluten Free Thanksgiving: Green Beans With Caramelized Onions, Mushrooms + Toasted Walnuts

This next Gluten Free Thanksgiving recipe is probably going to be one of the very easiest on your menu. It's quick, requires little prep, and it's completely fool proof! You're going to love it!

So I've gotta ask -- Who's having fun yet? :)

My hope in sharing these recipes is to help you stress less this holiday -- especially for those of you who may have a newly diagnosed celiac buddy in your house or for those having Awesome Gluten Free people like me over for Thanksgiving this year. :)

I can promise you - these recipes aren't rocket science. They just have the right ingredients that are safe for us GF friends to eat. It's that simple. I've also made it several upon several times. It's a no fail + always tastes buttery + ridiculously flavorful.

Today's recipe is number 4 of 6 that I'll be sharing between now and the end of Thanksgiving week. This evening's recipe is for Gluten Free Green Beans With Caramelized Onions, Mushrooms + Walnuts. For those who have nut allergies, just sub where needed. :) This recipe also serves about 4 people so please double + triple this recipe if needed for a large group/party.


To make yourself this recipe -- you'll need to prep the following:

1. Boil Water. Get a large pot + fill it up with water. Salt your water for taste + get it boiling! :)

2. Green Beans. Cut the ends of your green beans + prep them for cooking.

3. Onions + Mushrooms. If you don't have pre-sliced mushrooms - slice them. Slice your onions as well into long strips.

4. Walnuts (or nuts of choice). Toast in a skillet over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Continuously move so that they do not burn. You're just basically bringing out the flavor in these delicious goodies. :)

5. Watch + Learn.
Remember how I told you that I don't believe in reinventing the wheel? Oh! and that I like watching cooking videos to learn how to make things. Here's your chance to do the same. This recipe was adapted by the amazing + ever so skilled Tyler Florence over @ The Food Network.

I changed it up a bit but it's overall the same exact recipe. To watch a video of him making it - click here.


Time To Cook...

Now that you've gotten all of your prep done -- you can now get to cooking! Toss your green beans into your boiling, salted water + cook for about 5 minutes. They should still be crisp but much brighter green. Drain in a strainer (I do this in my sink) + run them under cool water to stop the cooking process. Set beans aside, while you work on cooking the caramelized onion medley.

Return to the pot that you cooked the beans in + turn it back up to medium-high heat. Add the butter + olive oil to the skillet + heat until the butter is completely melted. 

Add the onions + season them with salt and pepper. Let the onions cook down + begin to caramelize, stirring frequently for about 20-25 minutes. When you reach the 10 minute mark (or half way through, add the mushrooms + let them cook with the onions for the remainder of the time. 

Once the onions + mushrooms have completely cooked + caramelized and begin to look golden brown - add the thyme + walnuts you toasted up earlier. Stir until combined. Salt + pepper to taste (this is a crucial step so make you don't skip this!) Taste before you serve so that you know you're happy with the salt to pepper ratio!

And just like that....you're all finished! :) 

Serve + Enjoy! 

Happy Turkey Day Prep + Happy GF Holiday Eating! 
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