Thursday, November 20, 2008

Green beans and a coconut milk sauce

A Thanksgiving dinner with a twist... that's what I did last year... I like to spice up holiday meals with a different sauce or side dish. The coconut milk sauce is usually served with fish and shrimp, but I think it adds a dash of spice to the tradition and it is a great combination to go with any vegetable dish... including green beans!

This is my entry to the last day of the "Giving Thanks" celebration over at Kelli's blog. Thank you Kelli for hosting this wonderful event.
Green beans with basil and almonds
Adapted from Taste of home

1 pound fresh green beans
1/4 cup water
2 to 3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 garlic clove, minced
1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh basil
2 oz sliced almonds
Salt to taste

Place beans and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook, uncovered, for 7 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain; add the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook for 4 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Coconut milk sauce
1 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
2 tablespoons onion, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon curry powder or saffron
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt to taste

Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat, sauté garlic and onion until garlic is fragrant. Stir in coconut milk, curry powder, red pepper flakes. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve with vegetables or fish.


Linda C said...

I love Taste of Home recipes and those green beans look great! Thanks for the recipe:)
Linda C

Wanita said...

It's always fun to try new recipes. Thanks for sharing.


Lady Farmer said...

Thanks for your visit today,Cris, all the way from Brazil! I was just checking out your blog and didn't get very far - I will have to try that pumpkin cheesecake! I'm not too fond of pumpkin, but it has a "chocolate" crust! If it has chocolate, it must be good! :~}
Thanksgiving Blessings,

Jenn said...

Now that sounds much nicer than the usual green bean casserole hubby loves..YUM

Susie Homemaker said...

I know my hubby would love these! They sound very good...
Thanks so much for the recipe...

Warm wishes,

Jules said...

sounds interesting and I loved to say I would try it...BUT I'm allergic to nuts, seeds, and coconut. It's very disappointing, I know. But thank you for sharing. :o)

Tangled Noodle said...

The green beans look wonderful but the coconut milk sauce is absolutely divine. How am I going to make all these recipes if you keep coming up with new ones?

Abby said...

I'm game for anything that spices up green beans! I have to admit they're not my favorite - but I'll always try them made a new way!

Kelli said...

I'm so glad you joined us this week, Cris! Your dishes look amazing and so yummy!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Oh, I love string beans with coconut milk sauce. I always use curry powder, but now I'll have to try saffron. Thanks for the delicious idea!

Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful dish!


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