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.

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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

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