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I know that it’s been all food, all the time around here lately, but Thanksgiving is a mere days away. After all, Thanksgiving is all about the 3 F’s: food, friends, and family! And Hubby says not to forget football. I guess that’s 4 F’s. Of course if you are a Lion’s fan, sometimes you want to just plain forget what happened on the football field. But that’s a story for another time.

With all of the food preparations going on as of late, and all of the heavy, rich food that typically adorns the Thanksgiving table,  I thought it would nice to share a quick & easy side dish. Something that is still a bit dressy, but not overdone. And I’ll be perfectly honest, if there is one rich food that I would not mourn if I never saw it again, it’s green bean casserole. I prefer my veggies in their more natural state. Lightly steamed, lightly salted is just fine. Unless of course you want to smother them in cheese.  But, I’ll eat most anything smothered in cheese.

So if you’d like to lighten it up a bit, give these streusel topped green beans a go, in lieu of a casserole. I think they are delicious. As an added bonus, you can whip these babies up in under 20 minutes. Hooray!

For the beans:

½ pound fresh green beans

Water

½ Tbs. butter, softened

For the streusel:

½ C. old fashioned oats

1 Tbs. olive oil

1 clove finely chopped garlic (about 1 tsp.)

Hefty Pinch of salt (to taste)

Hefty Pinch of black pepper (to taste)

½ C. finely shredded parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread oats in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast the oats until they are lightly golden brown, stirring occasionally. Toasting the oats will give the streusel an overall nuttiness. Set the toasty oats aside while you trim the beans.

Wash the green beans, and trim off the ends. I usually trim the beans into 2-3 inch pieces so they aren’t too unruly for the boys to handle, but if I were making these for a table full of adults, I would leave them long. They make for a more dramatic presentation when left long.

Pop the beans into a steamer basket in a saucepan with about an inch of water at the bottom. Cover and steam the beans over high heat, until done to your liking. I like my beans with some snap left in them so I steam them for about 5-7 minutes. Steam them a bit longer if you prefer yours a bit softer.

While the beans are steaming, heat the olive oil in a skillet until hot, then add the finely chopped garlic. Saute the garlic until soft, and just beginning to brown, about 30 seconds.

Add the toasted oats along with a hefty pinch of salt and pepper. Stir the oats to coat with the olive oil in the pan.

Add the cheese. And please, for the love of all that is good and right with the world, grate your own cheese. Please? The pre-shredded cheese is coated with stuff to keep it from caking, which also keeps the cheese from melting properly.

Stir the cheese into the oats very quickly, and continue doing so until it forms big clumps. Turn off the heat. By now the green beans are done steaming, so turn them off, and put them into a serving dish. Toss the beans with a hefty pat of butter.  It’s the right thing to do.

Then sprinkle the savory streusel over top of the green beans, and serve immediately. The crunchy, savory streusel is such a nice compliment to the crisp-tender beans.  This is a dish that you want to serve as soon as it is finished. Tenting it with aluminum foil to keep warm will soften the streusel, and no one wants to eat soggy streusel.

I promise to post just one more recipe this week. It’s a little something that we like to do with leftover turkey. After that, I’ll lighten up on the recipe posts, and you’ll be subjected to my random stream of consciousness posts, once again.

I heard that. ;)

Savory Streusel Topped Green Beans

http://comfortablydomestic.com

Serves 4-6

½ pound fresh green beans

Water

½ Tbs. butter, softened

½ C. old fashioned oats

1 Tbs. olive oil

1 clove finely chopped garlic (about 1 tsp.)

Hefty Pinch of salt

Hefty Pinch of black pepper

½ C. finely shredded parmesan cheese

For Streusel:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spread oats in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet, and toast them in the oven, stirring occasionally, until oats are very lightly golden brown. (about 10 minutes) Set aside while you prepare the green beans.

For Green Beans:

  1. Rinse the green beans and trim the ends off.
  2. Place beans in a steamer basket in a saucepan with 1 inch of water in the bottom.
  3. Steam the green beans over high heat, until done to your liking. I steam mine for 5-7 minutes for crisp-tender. Set beans in a shallow serving dish, toss with 1 tsp. butter, and tent with aluminum foil to keep warm.

To Finish Streusel:

  1. Heat olive oil until hot, in an 8 inch skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add garlic to hot oil and cook until golden brown, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add the toasted oats, a hefty pinch of salt and pepper, stirring to coat the oats. Cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the parmesan and continue cooking until the topping begins to clump; stirring constantly. (About 1 minute.)
  5. Remove from heat, and sprinkle streusel over the steamed green beans. Serve hot.

 

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