Late Summer Eats, Part Two – Dill Butter Green Beans

Yesterday we talked sandwich. Today, let’s talk side dish. Actually, let’s first start with the condiment.

I’ve had to throw away so many herbs this summer because I just can’t get to them quick enough! I didn’t want to lose the dill, too, so earlier one day I made a quick compound butter when the food processor was out. (Recipe below.)

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When it came time for dinner, I knew I needed something to flavor the beans. Though I thought the dill butter would be perfect on its own, there I was with a pan that had just cooked bacon for the Bacon, Lettuce, and Peach Sandwiches. A little time in the bacon sauna to let the butter work and let’s just say…magic happened.

Ok, so maybe this isn’t the healthiest vegetable side dish recipe you’ll ever see, but if the stars are aligning, you just don’t get in the way, right? πŸ™‚

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Bon apetit!

Dill Butter Green Beans

Serves 4
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 20 minutes
Meal type Side Dish
Misc Child Friendly
A little butter would make anyone eat their veggies! These green beans are sure to be a hit at your dinner table.

Ingredients

  • 2lb Green beans (or any pole beans)
  • 2 tablespoons Dill butter (recipe below)

Optional

  • 1 tablespoon bacon fat (rendered)

Directions

1. Clean and trim beans to desired size. Add to a pot of boiling water, cooking until tender, probably 4-6 minutes.
2. If using bacon fat (cook bacon for another recipe), make sure there is only about one tablespoon of melted fat left in the pan. Alternatively, use one tablespoon of your favorite oil. Heat pan to medium.
3. Drain beans or use tongs to place directly into the frying pan. Add dill butter and stir until melted. Plate immediately.

Dill Butter

Prep time 5 minutes
Meal type Condiment
Misc Pre-preparable
This versatile herb butter will serve you well as a great addition to many meals. Keep some in your fridge for now and freeze the rest.

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter (softened)
  • 4 tablespoons dill (chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients, using a food processor for ease.
2. Place in serving bowl and cover. Give it at least one hour in the fridge to firm.
3. Butter can be frozen for up to four months if wrapped tightly in wax paper.

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