Looking for a crowd-pleasing, seasonal and budget friendly side dish to serve with Easter Dinner? These Fresh Green Beans with Tomato and Onion are the perfect accompaniment to a light and fresh turkey dinner! Add a generous glass of Two Oceans Pinot Grigio, and you have the perfect Springtime feast! Cheers!
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As I have (hopefully) convinced you all to forgo the traditional ho-hum ham this Easter, you are probably wondering “What should I pair the turkey with”, right? Don’t worry, I am not one to leave my friends hanging… I’ve got you covered!
Keeping with the theme of a light, fresh and seasonal feast, at the pre-Easter dinner I hosted last week, I served my friends mashed potatoes, fresh bread and the veggie star of the night, these delicious (and EASY) Green Beans with Tomato and Onion. As the purpose of this dinner was also to take photos for the blog, my friends were invited over a bit early to have appetizers of cheese and crackers while they patiently waited for me to set-up the shots. To go with the cheese (brie!) and delicious rice crackers, we opened a bottle of Two Oceans wine.
For the cheese (and photography) I chose the Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, which pairs well with cheese, roasts and pasta dishes. The flavour was smooth yet juicy. My husband is a fan of more drier reds, yet he happily drank this! The wine was such a hit, we ended-up drinking it along with the turkey and took our ‘cheers’ photo with the Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot in hand! How cute are we?
Once we finished with the red, we moved on to my favourite Two Oceans wine, their Pinot Grigio. It is a sipping wine which pairs well with vegetables and lighter fare (think salads, sandwiches and Anti Pasto). This wine was fresh and light, matching perfectly with the Lemon and Rosemary Turkey and these Green Beans with Onion and Tomato. I can honestly say that this will be the wine I am serving to my girl friends for those lazy evenings on a patio after a long day at the beach! I also have already bought a bottle to bring with me to my family Easter dinner next weekend! The best part? Both of the Two Oceans wines are $10.99 (in Manitoba). Budget wine at a great price, can you get any better than that?
Now, on to the dish that pairs so well with a generous glass of Two Oceans Pinot Grigio! This dish lets the green beans natural flavour shine yet is complimented by the acid of the tomatoes and sweetness of white onions. This is such an easy dish to prepare, it can really be made as an afterthought or as a dish to bring along to a pot luck. To keep things budget friendly, I tossed the veggies in canola oil. I also opted for roma tomatoes, they are more fleshy and less watery as not to bring the dish down. In the summer, you can easily substitute the roma tomatoes for home grown cherries tomatoes, cut in half.
- 4 cups fresh green beans, washed and trimmed
- 3 roma tomatoes, diced
- 1 medium sized white onion, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/8 cup Canola Oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to boil on stove top.
- Once water reaches a rapid boil, add green beans and boil vigorously for 1 minute. Immediately drain.
- In large casserole dish, toss green beans, tomatoes, onion, garlic, Canola oil and salt and pepper. Bake, uncovered for 10-12 minutes, until tomatoes break down and garlic is fragrant.