OR, leave off the toppings and simply make roasted green beans. I can see myself doing this often since this is one vegetable that goes down easy around here!
But, if you find yourself with a few extra minutes and the inclination, making balsamic syrup just requires simmering some balsamic vinegar until it reduces into a syrup. It has a powerful flavor so it only takes a little drizzle!
You will likely have a bit leftover which would go perfectly with meat, over greens or with another vegetable – I’m thinking salad topped with chicken and a little balsamic syrup would make a wonderful lunch!
ROASTED GREEN BEANS WITH BALSAMIC SYRUP AND FETA
6 cups fresh green beans, trimmed
1T olive oil
1T melted ghee or butter
salt & pepper
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
3T feta cheese, crumbled (or more, to taste)
1. FOR ROASTED GREEN BEANS: Preheat the oven to 400. Toss the beans in the oil and butter. Sprinkle in a bit of salt and pepper, but remember that most of the saltiness in this dish will come from the feta.
2. Place beans in a roasting pan and bake for 22-30 minutes, until some beans begin to brown. Let cool for a minute, then place into a serving dish.
3. BALSAMIC SYRUP: While the beans are cooking, gently simmer vinegar in a small saucepan, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes or until it reduces to about 1/3 of its original volume. Take it off the heat and cool a bit. As it cools, it will become more syrupy.
4. TO ASSEMBLE: Please DO NOT drizzle all of the syrup onto your beans. Just drizzle about 2 teaspoons to start and add more if you’d like. It has a very strong flavor. Top with feta, adjust salt & pepper and enjoy!
(Shared at The Nourishing Gourmet’s Pennywise Platter 11/21/13)