There’s A Fine, Fine Bean

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Here’s a fine, fine bean side dish recipe that is easy to make. Inspired by Avenue Q’s There’s a Fine, Fine Line.

There's A Fine, Fine Bean - a green bean side dish with balsamic onion - inspired by Avenue Q

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So this is our second recipe offering inspired by Avenue Q, our first being “Avenue Quinoa“. This fabulous musical features a mix of puppets and real humans, which is hard to get used to at first, but after a very short times seems completely normal. There’s A Fine Fine Line is one of the few ballards in the show. It is sung by Kate Monster, after she has split up with Princeton.

The song made me think of fine beans (also known as green beans, French beans, or string beans) – so here’s a tasty recipe that celebrates this uncomplicated vegetable. It features slow cooked onions and balsamic vinegar, and is an easy side dish that you are your guests will enjoy.

To prepare the onions, add butter and olive oil to a large sauté pan over a medium heat. When the butter has melted, add finely chopped onions and stir to coat in the butter. Cook on a low-medium heat for 10-15 minutes until the onions are super soft and starting to caramelize.

Meanwhile, cook the fine beans (or green beans, if you prefer to call them that) however you like – boiled, steamed or microwaved. However I find that boiling takes too much of the vibrant color out of them unless you’re super careful and plunge them into cold water after cooking. Personally I love those all-prepared-for-you microwave steam in the bags as they are so convenient and the beans don’t lose their color.

When the onions have finished cooking, add a little balsamic vinegar and stir well. Add the cooked beans, salt and pepper, then cook for a couple of minutes.

There's A Fine, Fine Bean - a green bean side dish with balsamic onion - inspired by Avenue Q

Serves 2

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Ingredients

  • 1 tbs butter
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped onion
  • 12 oz fine beans
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • salt and black pepper

Instructions

  1. Add butter and olive oil to a large sauté pan over a medium heat. When the butter has melted, add finely chopped onions and stir to coat in the butter.
  2. Cook on a low-medium heat for 10-15 minutes until the onions are super soft and starting to caramelize.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the fine beans.
  4. When the onions have finished cooking, add a little balsamic vinegar and stir well. Add the cooked beans, salt and pepper, then cook for a couple of minutes before serving.
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