- Green beans are easy to roast in the oven and make a great side dish.
- All you need are green beans, olive oil, salt, pepper, a large cast-iron skillet, and a hot oven.
- After the green beans are roasted, they can easily absorb flavors from seasonings.
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Roasted meats are a common dinner fixture throughout the fall and winter, but roasted veggie side dishes also deliver plenty of warm and toasty flavor notes. One go-to vegetable to roast is green beans.
Serving and seasoning suggestions
Roasted green beans are a classic presence on the Thanksgiving table for good reason. They pair beautifully with roasted proteins, such as turkey, ham, and plant-based roasts. Also, because green beans don't have an especially strong flavor on their own, they make the perfect canvas for seasonings and add-ons.
- Cream sauce. Goff says that he "loves to treat [green beans] like asparagus [by] serving them with a creamy or buttery sauce and crunchy [toppings]." Specifically, he enjoys furikake (a dry Japanese condiment made of seaweed, fish, and sesame seeds), "shaved hard cheese" (like Romano), and either Hollandaise sauce or aioli.
- Garlic aioli. Because roasted green beans have a wonderfully crunchy texture, Goff sees them as great candidates for dipping. "I love making a black garlic aioli to dip them in, but a less time-consuming and favorite sauce is a spicy garlic aioli!" he tells us.
- Lemon juice. A few squeezes of lemon juice, a drizzle of olive oil, and a sprinkling of sea salt gives roasted green beans a bright freshness. Adding sauteed garlic and grated Parmesan will also help boost the flavor profile.
- Candied almonds. Randhawa likes the textural contrast provided by topping her roasted green beans with candied almonds. "Oven-roasted green beans with garlic, Parmesan cheese, and candied almonds [have the] perfect combination of savory and sweet," she says.
- Serve as a side dish to a protein of choice. Whether you like your green beans with lots of seasonings or prefer them with just a pinch of salt and pepper, these roasted veggies make an ideal side dish for a wide range of entree proteins. They work well alongside a roast chicken or turkey, roast beef, short ribs, or even a plant-based dish like baked tofu.
How to store roasted green beans
Randhawa says that, when "properly stored in an airtight container," roasted green beans will "last for three to five days in the refrigerator.
Reheat them "in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit" on either a sheet pan or in a cast-iron skillet until they're heated all the way through, which Randhawa says will take "just a few minutes."
Roasted green beans pick up a nice level of char, and also provide the perfect foundation for bold flavors and robust additional ingredients. Because of this, they make a fantastic side dish for roasted meats, but can also hold up on their own when seasoned or served with different add-ons.
All you need is some extra virgin olive oil, some salt and pepper, some trimmed green beans, and a hot cast-iron skillet to make roasted green beans. Once they're out of the oven, the sky's the limit on how you can season and serve them.