Ingredients

1 package of green beans, washed and cut
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt & Pepper
1 teaspoon fresh thyme

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.
1. Place green beans into a mixing bowl.
2. Mix with 2 olive oil. Add cracked salt & pepper to taste.
3. Separate fresh thyme leaves from the stalks and add to mixture. Add rest of olive oil and mix again.
4. Place beans into a casserole pan and into the oven for about 35 minutes.

They will shrink a bit and be a little crunchy.

Recipe courtesy of Julie Geary, Classic Cooks Catering, 2011.
This is Julie Geary’s first installment of how you cut down – way down – on the amount of time it takes to prepare and cook a full Thanksgiving meal. Green beans are of course a popular side dish for the Thanksgiving table. You can do the old casserole thing but that would take longer, or you can try something a little different such as roasting them.

The first trick is to use a bag (or bags) of green beans that are already prepped – cut and washed. Why spend all of that time Thanksgiving morning cutting and prepping the regular string beans you buy at the supermarket. This saves a lot of time.

The technique involves roasting instead of steaming or boiling. They end up being a little crispy and shrink a bit, but the taste is more suthentic to some because you have not steamed or boiled the flavor out of the bean.
Roasted Green Beans
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