Green Beans with Walnuts and Bleu Cheese

This year my husband and I will be hosting our first Thanksgiving at our home.  Since I love to cook, I’m very excited about this.  I want to do some new stuff, but not stray too far away from the norm.  Instead of having the done to death green bean casserole, I wanted to do something a little more modern, a little more jazzy.  I came across this recipe on Vintage Victuals and decided to give it a test drive before serving it up for the big day!

Green Beans with Walnuts and Bleu Cheese


3 big handfuls of fresh green beans

bleu cheese crumbles

1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper, to taste


Wash the green beans throroughly and snap the ends off.  Put in a pot and add water just till covered.  Add a little salt.  Bring to a simmer and cook until done to your liking, with a little crispness left!

While the green beans are cooking, heat the walnuts in a dry skillet.  Toss in the skillet occassionally, cooking until they are a light golden (careful don’t burn them!).  Remove from heat.

Drain the beans when they are done and place in a bowl.  Drizzle olive oil over them and season with salt and pepper.  Top with bleu cheese crumbles and walnuts and toss.  Serve immediately.

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Green Beans with Walnuts and Bleu Cheese






The Verdict:  This was pretty disappointing.  It wasn’t bad, really.  It just was a little bland I found.  It needed something….maybe a few dashes of balsamic vinegar?  I’m not sure what.  But I don’t think it’ll be gracing our Thanksgiving table, it doesn’t have enough of an “oh my goodness!” factor.  I may play around with it some in the future though!


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