Green Beans w/ Orange Essence and Toasted Maple Pecans

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Green Beans w/ Orange Essence and Toasted Maple Pecans

A wonderful alternative to the standard green bean casserole, sweet toasted pecans and a fragrant orange essence create a wonderful flavor combination that will surprise and delight the entire family.


3/4 cup pecans (about 13/4 ounces), chopped coarse
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 medium shallots, minced (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 teaspoon grated zest plus 1/3 cup juice from
1 large orange
Pinch cayenne
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
11/2 pounds green beans, stem ends trimmed
2/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon minced fresh sage leaves
Ground black pepper

1. Toast pecans in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Off heat, stir in 1 tablespoon butter, maple syrup, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Return skillet to medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until nuts are dry and glossy, about 45 seconds; transfer to plate and set aside.

2. Wipe out skillet. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons butter in skillet over medium heat; when foaming subsides, add shallots, orange zest, and cayenne and cook, stirring occasionally, until shallots are softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in flour until combined, then toss in green beans. Add chicken broth and orange juice; increase heat to medium-high, cover, and cook until beans are partly tender but still crisp at center, about 4 minutes. Uncover and cook, stirring occasionally, until beans are tender and sauce has thickened slightly, about 4 minutes. Off heat, adjust seasonings with salt and pepper. Transfer to serving dish, sprinkle evenly with pecans, and serve.