Green bean casserole is a popular Thanksgiving dish. But with the cream soup and French fried onions it is not allergy friendly. While I love green beans plain, that does not seem festive enough for Thanksgiving.
So I came up with a special way to fix green beans. To me, it seems like a good holiday side dish. However, this does not need to be limited to holiday dinners. It could easily be made any time of year to accompany a meal of chicken or pork. It is quite simple and requires only a few ingredients. Honey, apricot preserves, and sunflower seeds will take your beans from ordinary to extraordinary.
Apricot Glazed Green Beans
- 4 cups (roughly 1 lb.) fresh green beans
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/3 cup apricot preserves
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- sunflower seeds
- Clean beans, snap ends off, and snap in half, if beans are really long.
- Put beans in pan and fill with water.
- Bring to boil and boil about 4-5 minutes or until crisp tender.
- Drain beans and dry out pan with paper towel.
- Measure honey, preserves and salt into pan. Mix well.
- Add beans to pan and bring to simmer.
- Simmer and stir occassionally until beans are glazed and desired tenderness.
- Place beans on serving platter or in bowl.
- Drizzle with remaining glaze.
- Sprinkle with sunflower seeds.
- Serve immediately.