green bean casserole

Pecan and Citrus Haricots Verts

In Foodie Tips & Tidbits by Christine McKellar

Now, here’s a zesty and refreshing, citrus-centered alternative to the traditional green bean casserole. Thin green beans and pecans add crunch and the ripe oranges add the zest.

green bean casserole

Pecan and Citrus Haricots Verts

Ingredients:

1 shallot, diced

3/4 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon orange zest

1/3 cup fresh orange juice

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup cane syrup

2 pounds haricots verts (thin green beans)

2 oranges, sectioned

1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans

 

Preparation: 

1. Whisk together first 6 ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste.
2. Cook green beans in boiling salted water to cover, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain.
3. Pat beans dry with paper towels. Place beans and orange segments in a zip-top plastic freezer bag; add vinaigrette, and seal bag. Turn bag to coat beans and oranges. Chill 2 hours. Sprinkle with pecans before serving.

Contributed by Jane Kircher-Riverside, CA.