These gorgonzola green beans are ready to serve in just 10 minutes and made with just a few simple ingredients. They are the perfect side dish for holidays and Thanksgiving, but easy enough to make for a family weeknight meal.
When it comes to side dishes, I love using seasonal produce that is wonderfully fresh and creating dishes full of flavor. Of course, they have to be quick and easy too! These green beans with blue cheese tick all the boxes!
These delicious beans are the perfect accompaniment to holiday and Thanksgiving mains like rosemary chicken and turkey, but they are easy enough to serve alongside a weeknight meal like basil and lemon pasta.
One of the reasons I love this dish is that you can use whatever type of nuts and wine vinegar you have one hand, making the cheese and beans the only ingredients you need to purchase.
For Thanksgiving, I’ll use the pecans I have remaining from caramel pecan pie. I love when ingredients cross over!
It takes no more than 10 minutes to whip up this side dish, but the flavors are so bold! It’s the perfect stress free vegetable side!
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Gorgonzola Green Bean Ingredients
- Green Beans – Use fresh green beans that are bright in color. You just need to rinse them and trim the ends.
- Wine Vinegar – I use red wine vinegar, but you can use white if that’s what you have.
- Salt and Pepper – Freshly cracked and added to taste.
- Gorgonzola – Use fresh gorgonzola, not the crumbled. It will have a much better flavor and be more creamy.
- Nuts – A few crumble nuts really add texture to the side. I used walnuts, but pecans and almonds will also work well.
How To Make Gorgonzola Green Beans
- Prep – Rinse and trim the green beans.
- Cook – Place the beans in a skillet with salted water and cook until tender.
- Make – Toss the beans with the vinegar, salt and pepper. Add to a serving dish and top with the nuts and gorgonzola.
You want to serve these green beans as soon as they are cooked so that they are wonderfully fresh and don’t wilt. You can prep the beans by washing and trimming them the day fefore and keep them covered in the fridge. They will then just take 5 minutes to make at the last minute before serving.
Don’t Over Cook The Beans
There is nothing worse than overcooked vegetables. Overcooking them not only makes the texture too soft, but they also loose a lot of their nutrients and flavor. The beans should be just tender and still have a slight bite to them.
What Does Gorgonzola Taste Like?
Gorgonzola is a blue cow’s milk cheese. It’s crumbly with a creamy taste. Roquefort is a good substitute, where as stilton is more pungent in flavor. If you aren’t a fan of blue cheese, you could make this recipe with feta.
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Gorgonzola Green Beans
- 1 pound green beans
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup gorgonzola fresh
- 1/2 cup walnuts or other crumbed nuts
- Rinse green beans.
- Trim the ends off your beans and toss into a skillet with a 1/2″ or so of salted water on medium.
- Boil covered until the water has evaporated and the beans are tender.
- Toss the beans with wine vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.
- Place beans in a serving dish and add crumbled nuts (I used walnuts, but pecans and other nuts would also be tasty!) and crumble fresh gorgonzola on top.
- Red Wine Vinegar – Substitute White Wine Vinegar
- Gorgonzola – Use fresh gorgonzola, not the crumbled. It will have a much better flavor and be more creamy. You can substitute blue cheese.
- Walnuts – Pecans and almonds.
- Do not to overcook beans.
- You can prep the beans the day before and keep them covered in the fridge and then cook them just before serving.