Caramelized Onions & Green Beans

By Friday, November 8, 2013

Do you remember when we cooked out first Christmas dinner?

Green beans

It was a while ago, so if you don’t, or weren’t a blog follower back then, I can’t really blame you.

To recap, my sister, two cousins and I took over cooking the Christmas dinner in 2011. It was a smashing success. We divided up all the responsibilities, so everyone was responsible for a few dishes. The result was one of the best Christmas dinners yet!

One of my favourite recipes from that meal was the green beans. It was a simple recipe that really did it for me. I’ve always loved green beans (especially raw dipped in herb & garlic cream cheese – seriously, it’s amazing) and I basically melt for caramelized onions… so this festive side dish was a match made in heaven.

Now, I want to explain that this series of blog posts are recipes I made for Thanksgiving… but I am pitching them to you for American Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. Because, well, I’m a little backlogged with my blogging. That’s right – I have more posts than I know what to do with! They’re scheduled a month out, so anything new has to get in line. That’s why you’re only hearing about my Thanksgiving recipes NOW as opposed to… a month ago. When I actually made them.

I supposed I could increase the number of blog posts per week (right now I’m doing Over a cup of tea on Mondays and recipes on Wednesdays and Fridays). But that’s a way bigger commitment. I kinda like having two days off. Thoughts? Thanks.

Back to green beans…

This recipe will undoubtedly become a festive staple in my household – Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas. It’s quick, easy and crowd-pleasing.

Caramelized Onions & Green Beans


  • 2 lbs green beans, trimmed (Costco packages are exactly 2 lbs and pre-trimmed/washed)
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • salt & pepper, to taste


  1. In a big pot of boiling water, blanch beans (leave them in there for about 4 minutes – no longer). Remove and drain and run cold water over them. Dry in a clean dish towel and refrigerate until needed. In a frying pan, heat olive oil and fry onion until golden and caramelized. Add beans and salt/pepper. Cook, stirring, until beans are hot. Serve immediately.

Caramelized Onions & Green Beans


    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published.