It’s not even May yet and I’m already longing for fall. I know, some of you just keeled over, irritated that I’d even mention fall when summer has yet to hit. How could I possibly wish for chilly, biting temperatures when the heat and humidity hasn’t even arrived? Well, I’m a gal who loves fall. I never used to but these days, I long for it all year. I love it when it is here, I miss it when it leaves. There are so many fantastic things about fall. For example: fall farmers market bounty complete with assorted squash, apples, pumpkins and muffins. Temperatures that are chilly but just warm enough to take a walk without a heavy coat. And of course, Thanksgiving.
Since becoming an adult, Thanksgiving is topping off my list as favorite holiday. I used to hate it, simply because I’m not a turkey fan. Now, I love the traditions of Thanksgiving. Waking up early and having a huge breakfast with delicious foods we don’t eat on a daily basis. Watching the parade and freaking out about the next Broadway show I will become obsessed with, then popping in and out for the dog show while basting a turkey. Setting the table with pretty dishes and fancy napkins. When it comes to our menu, we stick to something a bit traditional. This coming Thanksgiving, however, I’m pulling this ace out of my pocket.
Triple nut green beans. It’s a play on standard green beans almondine. I wanted to take that one step further. The green beans are sauteed in brown butter, making them delicious and luxurious. Then, a trio of nuts (in this case, hazelnut, almonds and walnuts) are lightly toasted and sprinkled on top of the beans. I imagine you could use any combination of nuts your heart desires. I love the slighty sweet nutty flavor of hazelnuts and I had them on hand. The crunch of the nuts, the deep flavors of the brown butter and then slightly salty taste of the beans make this a great side dish to any table.
- 1 lb. green beans
- ⅓ cup hazelnuts, chopped
- ⅓ cup walnuts, chopped
- ⅓ cup almonds, chopped
- 4 Tbsp. butter
- Combine all three nuts in a bowl.
- Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Let the butter brown, turning golden with some bits on the bottom.
- Once it has browned, add green beans. Sautee approximately 15 minutes until somewhat tender.
- Remove to a serving dish. Sprinkle with nut mixture.
- Serve hot.