The holidays just wouldn't be complete without an indulgent side dish masked as a "vegetable." We love green beans cooked in many different ways, but our absolute favorite is braising them low and slow in butter. They develop such a sweet, nutty flavor as the butter starts to carmelize and brown. You won't even have to fight your kids to eat these veggies at your next gathering. It'll be like a Christmas miracle!
Butter-Braised Green Beans
PELLETS: Pecan or Oak
PREP TIME: Less than 5 min.
COOK TIME: 90 min.
SERVES: 6 to 8
24 ounces thin fresh green beans, trimmed, or whole frozen green beans, thawed
8 tbsps. (1 stick) butter, melted
Traeger Veggie Shake or coarse salt (kosher or sea) and freshly ground pepper to taste
1. When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 325 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.
2. Put the beans in a pile on a rimmed baking sheet and pour the melted butter over them. Using tongs, spread the beans out in the pan and season with Traeger Veggie Shake.
3. Roast the beans for about 1 hour, stirring and lifting with tongs every 20 minutes or so. The beans should be very tender, shriveled, and lightly browned in places.
Transfer to a serving bowl and serve while hot.