Sunday, November 15, 2009

Killer Bluecheese Walnut Greenbean Dish

2 bags Trader Joe's Frozen French Green Beans
1 wedge of Trader Joe's Gorgonzola - sweet blue cheese
1 bag of Trader Joe's halved or pieces and halves Walnuts.
optional. hot sesame oil

You can either thaw them overnight or:

Place beans in a large heavy skillet with olive oil
Constantly stir the beans from the bottom to the top (to avoid burning them)
Once softened and almost wilted, crumble the Gorgonzola on top and let it
partially melt.

Separately, toast the walnuts in a skillet with a little oil on LOW heat to make them golden brown. Another way to do this is to put them on a oven sheet and toast on a low temp 300 for increments of 5 min, flipping them and watching them to avoid burning. I prefer using the stove-top as it's more controlled.

**My first version of this recipe also called for hot sesame oil. If you choose to do this, you can add a few tbs. of the hot oil to the beans after thawing and before adding the cheese. It adds a very exciting and contrasting flavor to the dish.

Add the walnuts to the bean/cheese mixture, cool and serve.

Lastly, you can serve this hot or room temp - it's enjoyable either way.

Oh, and make enough because you'll want to eat this when you're finished with it, in addition to the guests who will want it for leftovers.