Summer Fest: Green Beans with Balsamic Browned Butter

Green Beans with Balsamic Browned Butter

It’s Summer Fest time and this week we’re celebrating herbs, greens, and beans.  My contribution to the party is a simple side dish of green beans dressed in a rich balsamic browned butter sauce.  It can be thrown together in minutes and has an extremely short ingredient list, but don’t let that fool you.  The flavor of these green beans will blow you away!

Green Beans with Balsamic Browned Butter

1 pound green beans, trimmed
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

Cook green beans in a large pot of salted water just until crisp-tender; drain then arrange on a serving plate.  In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.  Cook until the butter solids have started to brown, about 2 – 3 minutes.  Remove pan from heat.  Add the tablespoon of balsamic vinegar – be careful, it will sputter.  Swirl pan or stir with a long-handled spoon until it stops bubbling.  Season with a bit of salt and freshly ground black pepper then spoon butter mixture over the green beans.  Serves 4.

Other Recipes Featuring Herbs, Greens, and Beans:

Other Summer Fest Attendees Celebrating Herbs, Greens, and Beans:

How You Can Join in Summer Fest 2010

Summer Fest 2010 Have a recipe or tip that fits any of our weekly themes? Starting with our posts of Wednesday, July 28, for five Wednesdays, you can contribute in various ways, big or small.

Contribute a whole post, or a comment—whatever you wish. It’s meant to be fun, viral, fluid. No pressure, just delicious. Simply leave your tip or recipe or favorite links in the comments below a Summer Fest post on my blog, and then go visit my collaborators and do the same.

The cross-blog event idea works best when you leave your recipe or favorite links (whether to your own blog or someone else’s) at all the host blogs. Yes, copy and paste them everywhere! That way, they are likely to be seen by the widest audience. Everyone benefits, and some pretty great dialog starts simmering.

Or think bigger: Publish entire posts of your own, if you wish, and grab the juicy Summer Fest 2010 tomato badge (illustrated by Matt of

Summer Fest 2010 Posting Schedule

7/28: Cukes and Zukes
8/4: Corn
8/11: Herbs, Greens, and Beans
8/18: Stone Fruit
8/25: Tomatoes

  1. Christina

    Hi! I’m a new blogger and I’ve been following your posts for a while. I love the idea of Summerfest and I’ve posted my first contribution on my blog. Thanks for coordinating such a fun way to celebrate the summer season. I can’t wait to do it again next year! Best wishes and by the way, your photography is an inspiration to me….so beautiful!

    5:00 am  Aug 11th, 2010
  2. Lyndsey

    Good morning!

    I love the fact that you guys created the Summer Fest 2010 challenge. I love how it encourages people to go out and support local farmers and focus on in-season produce, two topics I’m quite passionate about. I had a great time trying out this week’s challenge and can’t wait to do another soon! Enjoy my recipe:

    Green Bean-Filled Double Corn Muffins with Herbed Yogurt Frosting:

    5:44 am  Aug 11th, 2010
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  4. Kalyn

    Love the sound of balsamic and browned butter on green beans!

    6:13 am  Aug 11th, 2010
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  6. Ranjani

    Yum – looks simple and delicious! I’m really enjoying Summer Fest. This week, I made pasta with greens, beans, and garlic bread crumbs:

    6:51 am  Aug 11th, 2010
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  8. Betty @ Scrambled Hen Fruit

    Love the browned butter balsamic on those beans! (Alliterative, too.) Now to check out the other links- this is a great idea to showcase a different veg/fruit each week. Perfect!

    7:31 am  Aug 11th, 2010
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  10. Beau @

    That brown butter + Balsamic thing might be a pretty swell vehicle to help dispatch some of the squash glut I’m experiencing. Thanks for the inspiration!

    8:01 am  Aug 11th, 2010
  11. Kristina

    Anything with brown butter gets my vote! Here’s my entry for this week:

    8:04 am  Aug 11th, 2010
  12. Liam O'Malley

    Balsamic butter sounds delicious! I posted about compound butter in my summer fest post – clearly going hand in hand with the balsamic idea, though mine used fresh garden herbs this time.

    8:13 am  Aug 11th, 2010
  13. Melissa

    Love your recipe.

    This week for SummerFest at It’s The Way She… I baked up a batch of Lemon-Thyme Walnut Biscotti

    8:26 am  Aug 11th, 2010
  14. Nancy

    those beans look amazing. We’ve had some really fantastic green beans in our CSA the last few weeks – truly perfect just as they are but that browned butter sounds so good. I recently posted an old favorite for a green salad with walnuts and feta:

    love summer, love summerfest!

    8:48 am  Aug 11th, 2010
  15. DessertForTwo

    I make these at least once a week-our garden is over-flowing! When I want to serve them for company, I use a fig balsamic from St. Helena Kitchens–it’s worth searching for at Dean and Deluca!

    9:25 am  Aug 11th, 2010
  16. Alison

    This looks amazing. This week my recipe is for Green Beans with Cilantro and Lime

    11:22 am  Aug 11th, 2010
  17. One Hungry Mama

    Balsamic Browned Butter. Ingenious! Can I eat that on everything, please?!

    Thanks for another week of Summer Fest fabulousness. I’ve got Hungry Mama round up of mostly greens and one herb recipe here:

    Hungry Mama Summer Fest Greens recipes

    You’ll find Polenta Creamed Spinach, Hand-Held Spinach Pies (w/ a no-cook filling–so easy!), Chard & Mushroom Enchiladas, Kale Chips (really, though, my recipe has a kick that takes these up a notch!) and Tarragon Blackberry Grapefruit pops. Phew!

    11:31 am  Aug 11th, 2010
  18. Melinda

    Oh thank you! I’ve been looking for some way to make green beans more interesting and this is PERFECT!

    11:52 am  Aug 11th, 2010
  19. Finally Foodie

    Mmmm, this green been recipe sounds delish! My go-to green bean recipe is blanching them for 1-2 minutes and squeezing lemon juice on top. This sounds super easy as well, will definitely give it a try!

    12:09 pm  Aug 11th, 2010
  20. Kim

    At Flexitarian Foodie, we’re into beans and greens—together, or separately! Here are a few of our favorite related posts:

    Beans & Greens: The Soup

    Creamy Vegetable Lasagna

    Avocado and Black Bean Enchiladas (my favorite!!!)

    12:13 pm  Aug 11th, 2010
  21. marla {family fresh cooking}

    The great thing about green beans and fresh produce is that we shouldn’t need to do much to it. You simply highlighted a beautiful veggie and made it more perfect 🙂

    Here is my recipe for this weeks Summer Fest, I highlighted Basil:
    Grilled Cheese Bruschetta

    12:37 pm  Aug 11th, 2010
  22. Aimee @ Simple Bites

    Thumbs up for this edition of Summer Fest! I’m loving all the green bean recipes as they are one vegetable that my kids adore. So, thanks!!

    We’re chatting about preserving herbs over at Simple Bites! We’re trying to capitalize on summer’s abundant crop and store it for winter. In today’s post we cover when to pick herbs, drying and freezing.

    Don’t miss out on the comments section either where our very savvy readers swap tips. My favorite? A working girl who dried herbs on trays in her car as it sits in the sun all day. Brilliant!

    1:34 pm  Aug 11th, 2010
  23. Meg

    These sound great — and so easy! I love green beans and am always looking for a fresh way to prepare them. Thanks!

    2:20 pm  Aug 11th, 2010
  24. Jodi

    I just left my comment under the wrong recipe! Sorry! I made a contribution today! It posted a little later than I had planned but it’s done! I love this green bean recipe of yours. I can’t wait to try it! Delicious.

    3:27 pm  Aug 11th, 2010
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  26. Winnie

    I wrote about one of my favorite herbs in honor of this week’s summer fest. It’s anise hyssop, and the post is found here:

    4:11 pm  Aug 11th, 2010
  27. Lana

    In Serbia green beans are cooked until soft, with onions, garlic, carrots, parsnips…I made my Dad a simple dish of blanched green beans sauteed with garlic and some kosher salt, and he loved it! I taught an old dog a new trick:)
    I have to try balsamic with green beans – it’s sounds like a sure winner.
    My contribution to this week’s Summer Fest is a story and a recipe behind it, for a comforting vegetarian Bean Stew.

    4:27 pm  Aug 11th, 2010
  28. Lana

    OK. I forgot to post the link! Sorry, sometimes I do feel like a techno-peasant!

    4:31 pm  Aug 11th, 2010
  29. Nancy

    Oh boy!!! Another tasty way to prepare my beloved green beans!!! This is what I love so much about this cross blog event – I keep finding wonderful new ways to prepare the foods I love!! Here is my contribution – Green Beans with Tarragon Vinaigrette

    Can’t wait to see what else everyone comes up with!!

    4:50 pm  Aug 11th, 2010
  30. Fran

    Green beans are the go with everything vegetable, aren’t they? I like them hot or cold and your shot makes them look so delicious.

    I posted a Green Curry Shrimp recipe for my first Summer Fest contribution here:

    7:47 pm  Aug 11th, 2010
  31. Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective

    The beans look fantastic!

    I have a post for stone fruit:

    It’s an amzing cake–easy enough for my kids to make on their own!

    9:27 pm  Aug 11th, 2010
  32. Purple Cook

    For Summer Fest:
    We are getting awesome green beans week after week in our CSA.
    Two fun things on my blog about Green Beans.
    Here is how they were featured at my recent Local Produce Party.

    And this was a great dish I took to a recent playdate at the lake. YUM!

    4:13 am  Aug 12th, 2010
  33. Alana

    Oh, I need a little twist on my green beans- they’ve been steamed with a bit of olive oil every day around here. I’m not complaining, but this one will help us out!
    Thanks so much for bringing this party together- it’s been so fun to be a part of….

    6:03 am  Aug 12th, 2010
  34. Liz from Healthy Eats

    Hi Nicole,
    These look delicious. I have a bag of green beans just waiting to be used…hello, tonight’s side dish! Maybe I can throw a few herbs from our summerfest post on top:

    12:59 pm  Aug 12th, 2010
  35. Caron Golden

    So simple, yet wonderful ingredients! Nicole, this is terrific! I think I’d also add toasted or perhaps candied walnuts…

    Miss you!

    5:33 pm  Aug 12th, 2010
  36. Quit Eating Out

    Last weekend I picked up some delicious Balsamic Vinegar at our local Farmer’s Market… this will be a perfect use for it! Thanks for posting. Have a great weekend!!!

    6:20 am  Aug 13th, 2010
  37. Caroline Wright

    This looks so good– anything with browned butter is the best in my book. So thrilled to be in your company for Summer Fest! Thanks for all the link love and kind words. Can’t wait to see what you cook up next week for stone fruit!

    6:48 am  Aug 13th, 2010
  38. Louise

    oops forgot to leave my contribution to “Summer Fest”- I did Fritto Misto with Garlic Parsley Aioli

    7:44 am  Aug 13th, 2010
  39. caitlin

    I love this week’s ingredients. I am cooking up a storm with my garden gluts.

    One for my bunches of parsley and basil:

    And kale, does anyone else have masses of kale to harvest right now?

    11:02 am  Aug 13th, 2010
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  41. kelly

    Love this recipe and can imagine how perfect it would taste. Still haven’t gotten off my rump to join in on the Summer Fest. It’s such a terrific idea!

    10:20 am  Aug 15th, 2010
  42. Adrienne

    I know I’m late to the party, but I made this parsley and pepita pesto last Thursday and served it over green beans. It was really good, and a great way to use a bunch of parsley.

    11:25 am  Aug 16th, 2010
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  44. Naseer @ GreenThumbGeeks

    Never heard of balsamic browned butter before, but it sounds delicious and simple. Thanks!

    Here’s Emily’s contribution on Green Thumb Geeks for “herbs, beans, and greens” week. There some great tips in this one about freezing pesto.

    8:41 pm  Aug 17th, 2010
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