If you live in the South, you know that the perfect green bean dish has to have savory, sweet and sour elements to the flavor. This recipe has the perfect balance of all those elements. I asked the caterers to tell me how they made them so I could try to duplicate the emotional experience at home. Here is my version of the recipe.
Emotional Green Beans
1 lb. fresh Green Beans (You can use canned...I used fresh to make the recipe a little fancier!)
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/4 cup Sugar
2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
1 small jar diced Pimentos (drained)
1 clove minced Garlic
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and wash the green beans (if fresh).
2. In a measuring cup, blend the oil, sugar, vinegar and garlic. I microwaved mine for a few seconds to dissolve the sugar.
3. Put the green beans in a casserole dish and pour over the oil mixture. Add the pimentos.
4. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and if fresh, bake for 45 minutes. If you're using canned, bake for 30 minutes.
Crazy-eyed pregnant lady, with a plate full of green beans!
By this point you may be thinking "this chick is insane and I don't think I'll be reading her blog again". But at least try this recipe and grab a box of tissues just in case...especially if you're like me at all (extra hormonal and prone to get really excited about food).