Grilled Green Beans with Gorgonzola Vinaigrette are absolutely delicious, healthy, and very flavorful – plus they are also so easy to make.
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- 6 cups lightly-salted boiling water
- 1 pound (approximately 5 cups) green beans, fresh with ends trimmed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (commercial-grade)
- 1/4 cup Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
- 1 firmly-packed tablespoon brown sugar
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped
- Coarse salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste
Wash fresh green beans thoroughly in clear, cool water. Break off the end (the top and tail) as you wash them. Leave whole or cut into desired lengths.
In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring water to a boil. Add the beans and partially cook for 4 to 5 minutes (depending on the degree of doneness you want). Remove from heat. Drain the beans in a colander and immediately immerse them in an ice water bath to stop from cooking; drain and set aside.
Important To Remember: The beans will continue to cook after you remove them from the heat source. Either take them out just before they are cooked the way you like or plunge them in ice water immediately to stop the cooking process.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 1/2 teaspoons of the olive oil and balsamic vinegar, Gorgonzola cheese, brown sugar, garlic, green onion, thyme, and basil. Cook just until the ingredients start to combine, approximately 7 minutes. Remove from heat.
Prepare Barbecue Grill.
Toss the green beans in the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil and season lightly with salt and pepper. Lightly grill the beans on the barbecue grill approximately 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from barbecue and toss in the warm vinaigrette.
Transfer to a serving platter and serve immediately.
Makes 6 servings.
Source: Recipe by All Kovalencik, Chef/Proprietor, of the Cauldron Restaurant in Nantucket Island, Mass.
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