|Pumpkins pretty enough for your Thanksgiving table|
I adore green beans. Stir-fried, sautéed, tossed in salads or pickled in a sweet brine. But I hate the green bean casserole lots of folks serve on Thanksgiving. So I asked Chef Francesco Benincasa if he would share his Green Beans in Brown Butter recipe. It reads as follows:
Steam green beans to desired doneness… a shorter time if you prefer crunchier; a longer time if you prefer softer.
Take butter solid and place in a saucepan (not non-stick) until butter solid turns brown. This usually takes 10-15 minutes on medium heat, depending on how much butter you use.
Strain butter only if butter solids turn black (as opposed to brown). The brown bits are tasty -- black ones are bitter.
Toss steamed green beans in brown butter and season with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.
Our friends Francesco (“Franky”) and Meredith co-own the Sheridan Livery Inn and Restaurant with his parents. It is housed in a 19th-century stable and carriage livery, in downtown Lexington, Virginia, within walking distance to the very picturesque campuses of Washington and Lee University and VMI. The Livery is a huge place and includes twelve guest rooms, a full-service restaurant, outdoor dining areas and two banquet rooms.
|View from Sheridan Livery dining room|
Francesco is the head chef, and he cooks up a huge spread for Thanksgiving.
Sheridan Livery Thanksgiving Buffet
November 24, 2011
Soup & Salad
Butternut Squash Soup
Sheridan Mixed Greens Salad
Prime Rib with Horseradish Sauce
Roasted Turkey with Gravy
Pick and Peel Shrimp
Roasted Pork Loin
Baked Salmon with Olive Tapenade
Green Beans in Brown Butter
Sweet Potato Mash
Macaroni & Cheese
Bacon, Onion, and Rosemary Stuffing
Dinner Rolls and Butter
Assorted Cakes and Cookies
So, you can make the Green Beans in Brown Butter for yourself. Or just let Francesco do it for you. The Livery is open from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm on Thanksgiving Day; reservations are a must!