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Skillet Green Beans in Orange Essence with Maple Toasted Pecans

 
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This one skillet side dish makes for quick and easy cleanup. The crunchy butter and maple toasted pecans dress up everyday green beans for a side worthy of a holiday feast.

Yield

8

servings

Prep

5

min

Cook

15

min

Ready

20

min

Low Cholesterol, Trans-fat Free, Good source of fiber
 

Ingredients

2 ounces pecans
coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup
teaspoon salt
*
2 shallots
minced
*
¾ teaspoon orange zest
1 pinch cayenne pepper
to taste, we like a large sprinkle
*
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1 ½ pounds green beans
trimmed
1 teaspoon sage leaves
minced
*
cup chicken broth
or vegetable stock
salt
to taste
*
black pepper
freshly ground to taste
*

Directions

Prepare all ingredients and have them ready before starting to cook.

Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.

Dry roast the pecans in the skillet, stirring frequently until they start to become fragrant, about 3 minutes.

Remove from heat and add 1 tablespoon of butter, the maple syrup and ⅛ teaspoon of salt. Place skillet back over the heat and stir constantly until the nuts are dry about 60 seconds.

Reduce heat to medium, remove pecans to a plate and wipe out the skillet.

Place the skillet back on the heat and add the remaining butter. When melted add the shallots, orange zest and cayenne pepper to taste.

Cook shallots until beginning to soften about 2 or 3 minutes.

Add the flour and stir, add the green beans and toss.

Add the chicken stock, orange juice, and minced sage; stir/toss together and increase the heat to medium-high.

Cover and cook until the beans are just beginning to soften but are still crisp on the inside, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium.

Uncover and continue cooking, stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens and the beans are cooked to tender-crisp, about 3 to 4 minutes.

Remove from heat, taste and adjust seasoning (salt and black pepper).

Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with the pecans.

Serve to rave reviews.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 118g (4.2 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 9552% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 150mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 13%
Sugars g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A 20% Vitamin C 24%
Calcium 4% Iron 6%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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