When it comes to my own personal Thanksgiving menu, I'm a bit of a minimalist and prefer to keep recipes understated rather than over-the-top. This applies, in particular, to side dishes: I'm partial to items such as simply prepared sweet potatoes and these green beans, blanched briefly and served with caramelized onions.
In my humble opinion, there's no need for green beans to be shrouded in a mysterious canned mushroom concoction, baked until soggy, then drenched in a shower of processed "crispy onions." It's entirely unnecessary, especially when taut haricots verts and naturally sweet slow-braised onions can speak for themselves. My favorite four-ingredient recipe for green beans, when you read more.
Adapted From Everyday Food Ingredients 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil Directions Serves 8.
Green Beans With Caramelized Onions
2 large sweet onions, such as Vidalia (about 1 1/4 pounds), thinly sliced
Coarse salt and ground pepper
2 pounds green beans, trimmed
Adapted From Everyday Food
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil