Spicy Braised Green Beans with Feta

Spicy Braised Green Beans with Feta are my welcome home to my tiny, well-cherished, and recently abandoned kitchen. In a 22 night span, Ben and I spent only five in our own bed. We’ve slept in six cities, driven 3,592 miles, and consumed more calories than the average Cheesecake Factory serves on a Friday night. It’s good to be back in my own kitchen again.

 Spicy Braised Green Beans with Feta

Don’t get me wrong—I’ve loved our travels and the friends, sites, and foods that have come along with them. From our quad-state Christmas piled high with real-deal Kansas City barbeque, homemade ravioli, and my Grammy’s cooking, to our fish taco-stuffed week in San Diego, to our Tennessee barbeque, pizza, and other-wise deep-fried weekend in Nashville, we have lived and eaten well these past three weeks. I found new flavors while visiting old friends, and I hope to share many of them with you here.

The end of a long stint of traveling leaves me with mixed emotions. I’m looking forward to finally taking down our Christmas tree (embarrassing) and sticking around long enough to finish a gallon of milk, but I also miss the sense of abandon that traveling gives me. Vacation is an opportunity to experience the new, to be excessive, and to postpone healthy habits until we return home to reality.

Braised Green Beans with Feta and Tomatoes // Well-Plated

Home for me is the kitchen, and as I reflect back upon the tastes of our travels, I want to bring the excitement and spice of trying a new restaurant or regional specialty to my kitchen. Though I’ll never be able to recreate the magic of legit barbeque served up in a Kansas City gas station, I can capture a sense of uniqueness with my cooking. Spicy Braised Green Beans with Feta are the first dish I made upon returning to Madison, and they proved to be an ideal culinary bridge between vacation and “real life.”

Feta Green BeansBraising is a fancy-sounding culinary technique that essentially means first cooking something on high heat, then reducing the heat, sealing it, and allowing it to cook slowly in its own yummy juices. The benefits of slow cooking are that the flavors have a long time to develop, and tougher vegetables or cuts of meat tenderize beautifully. Braising is also an easy way to transform an otherwise plain ingredient (green beans) into a complexly flavored dish.

Green beans suffer from neglect. We boil them up, then shove them limply into the shadow of whatever main dish (usually meat) is in the spotlight. I think it’s a shame because crunchy, vitamin-rich green beans have serious potential. With the help of tomatoes, onions, and harissa (a spicy middle-eastern chili paste), Spicy Braised Green Beans with Feta elevate the green bean from a vegetable our mothers once forced us to eat into a side dish worth a second helping. Parsley adds freshness and feta cheese provides saltiness and creaminess.

Plus, cheese is never a bad choice. Life motto.

Spicy Braised Green Beans with Feta and Tomatoes

To ensure the green beans become tender and flavorful in a manageable amount of time (traditional braising can take hours), I added a pinch of baking soda to the recipe. With a bit of this old-kitchen standby, our green beans are perfectly tender (but NOT mushy, ew) and complexly flavored with only 40 minutes of oven time. Fist pump for chemistry!

I braised the green beans in my new favorite kitchen piece: the Anolon Nouvelle Copper Stainless 6.5 Quart Stockpot. Besides being easy on the eyes (yes, I’m shallow enough to rate the attractiveness of my cookware), it conducts heat masterfully and safely transitions from stovetop to oven, making it the perfect vessel for my Spicy Braised Green Beans with Feta.

To celebrate new beginnings in January, I’m teaming up with Anolon and eight fellow bloggers to giveaway a shiny new 11 piece Anolon Nouvelle Copper Cookware Set! To enter the giveaway, use the widget below and complete as many or as few entries as you prefer (a comment is required, but every other action will just increases your chances to win this fab prize.) Please be patient as the widget may take a few moments to load.


Psst! For additional chances to win (and more goodness), check out these fabulous recipes from participating bloggers:

 

Spicy Braised Green Beans with Feta: the oven does the work; you reap the benefits. Goodbye mushy green beans, and hello Mediterranean flavor fest!

Spicy Braised Green Beans with Feta {Anolon 11-piece Cookware Giveaway}

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Spicy Braised Green Beans with Feta {Anolon 11-piece Cookware Giveaway}

Tender, flavorful green beans cooked in a spicy Mediterranean tomato, garlic, and harissa sauce, topped with feta cheese. Good bye mushy, boring green beans, hello healthy and flavor-packed side dish! Even picky eaters will ask for seconds.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (4 cloves)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 2 to 3-inch lengths
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon harissa paste*
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, with their liquid
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Directions

  1. Place rack in lower middle of oven and preheat oven to 275 degrees F. Heat olive oil in a large, ovenproof Dutch oven or stockpot over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add water, baking soda, and green beans and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, harissa, diced tomatoes in their liquid, salt, and pepper.
  2. Cover pot, transfer to oven, and cook until the sauce is slightly thickened and the green beans are soft, 40 to 50 minutes. Stir in parsley. Serve warm or at room temperature, topped with feta cheese.

Notes

Harissa paste is available at specialty food stores, Asian markets, and some grocery stores, as well as online. If you cannot find it, try substituting garlic chili paste with a pinch of ground cumin and ground coriander. It will not be an exact replica, but your green beans will still be delicious.

http://www.wellplated.com/braised-green-beans/

Recipe adapted from Cook’s Illustrated.

 

223 Responses to “Spicy Braised Green Beans with Feta”

  1. Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness — January 20, 2014 @ 6:17 am (#)

    1. Same life motto as you,
    2. Totally agree that beans don’t get the showcasin’ they deserve…I love some me some green beans.
    3. Totally drooling over how ah-may-zing that harissa and feta would taste together! These beans look fan-flippin-tastic girl!

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  3. Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon — January 20, 2014 @ 7:00 am (#)

    What an amazing month! Welcome home-those green beans look fantastic! YUM! Pinned.

  4. jenna k — January 20, 2014 @ 7:05 am (#)

    I would make those green beans!

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 3:18 pm

      Yay! Thanks so much Jenna!

  5. S. A. Young — January 20, 2014 @ 7:39 am (#)

    Can’t wait to try these green beans (I’m on the hunt for harissa paste!). As for what I’d cook with that gorgeous, drool-worthy set of cookware – EVERYTHING!

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 3:20 pm

      Everything sounds like the ticket to me! Thanks so much :)

  6. Lauren S. — January 20, 2014 @ 8:10 am (#)

    I would make your green beans, they look amazing!

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 3:18 pm

      I would be so honored if you did Lauren! Thanks a million :)

  7. Brittany Townsley — January 20, 2014 @ 8:11 am (#)

    Ok, I’m not a green been fan BUT this is a way I would eat them! YUMMY!! Loved hearing about your travels!! :)

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 3:16 pm

      Thanks so much Brittany! It was a whirlwind, but I loved it :)

  8. Clara — January 20, 2014 @ 8:11 am (#)

    Your Thai Chicken is going into the crock pot today!

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 3:17 pm

      Yeeee haw! Hope you love every bite Clara. Thanks for giving it a go!

  9. Jenny — January 20, 2014 @ 8:24 am (#)

    I would make roasted salmon with brown sugar chili glaze.

  10. liz @ The Lemon Bowl — January 20, 2014 @ 8:25 am (#)

    Love that you added harissa to this!!

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 3:14 pm

      Harissa is the best cooking weapon ever Liz! Just a touch and BOOM! Helllllo flavor.

  11. BalancingB — January 20, 2014 @ 8:33 am (#)

    I’d love to make a roast!

  12. Liz — January 20, 2014 @ 8:43 am (#)

    I would make a nice pot of soup or stew in my new cookware. Thanks for the chance to win it.

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  14. Liz — January 20, 2014 @ 8:50 am (#)

    Love this green bean recipe. Thank you and have a Happy Monday!

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 3:14 pm

      Thank YOU Liz! And have a Happy Monday yourself :)

  15. Marnely Rodriguez-Murray — January 20, 2014 @ 8:52 am (#)

    Love this take on green beans!

  16. Laura — January 20, 2014 @ 8:55 am (#)

    I will make everything I cook in this new cookware – breakfast, lunch and dinner!

  17. Toni — January 20, 2014 @ 8:57 am (#)

    I agree with Liz. It’s so cold and snowy outside this morning that I would make a pot of soup.
    I’m really enjoying your blog!

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 2:43 pm

      Thank you so, so much Toni! That means a lot. And I agree with you and Liz–a pot of soup would hit the spot today!

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  19. Pauline Gudas — January 20, 2014 @ 9:00 am (#)

    Hunter chicken

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 2:42 pm

      Pauline, I’m not even sure what all is involved in making hunter chicken, but I bet it is scrumptious! Thanks for entering and have a great day.

  20. Rachel (@rachelcooksblog) — January 20, 2014 @ 9:03 am (#)

    What an elegant side dish! I’m loving this take on green beans. Thanks for organizing all of this! xo

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

      Thanks Rachel! And you betcha. So happy you could be a part of it :)

  21. Nora pittenger — January 20, 2014 @ 9:05 am (#)

    I just bought harissa at Whole Foods for a carrot salad recipe I made for Christmas… I’m so happy that now I can finish up the jar on this new delicious recipe (and maybe even use a new pan :) )

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

      It’s fate Nora! Hope you enjoy every spicy bite :)

  22. Flatlander In Vermont — January 20, 2014 @ 9:07 am (#)

    Oh how I’d love to have a decent set of cookware to cook umm anything hehe. Mostly we eat a lot of soups and stews in these cold winter months so probably mushroom stew would be first up on the list.

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 2:38 pm

      I love mushrooms and I love stew, so I think you described one of my ideal winter meals!

  23. shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com — January 20, 2014 @ 9:09 am (#)

    Yall have had a busy three weeks! And you still managed to bring us some delicious dishes – like this one!
    I love crunchy not soggy green beans so I gotta try blanching them at some point!
    Looking forward to hearing bout all the new flavors you picked up on your travels :)

  24. Laura — January 20, 2014 @ 9:17 am (#)

    I would make anything in these pans! Actually might get me in the kitchen if I had pans I loved ;)

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 2:36 pm

      I can’t lie Laura: Cooking is so fun when you have a nice pan to help your recipes cook evenly! Good luck with the giveaway and thanks for entering.

  25. Kelly D — January 20, 2014 @ 9:17 am (#)

    I would like to make a Fettuccine Alfredo with broccoli.

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 2:36 pm

      Oh yum Kelly. I love green veggies in my creamy pasta too!

  26. Alison Miller — January 20, 2014 @ 9:26 am (#)

    These pans look great, and what a wonderful opportunity! Although it is difficult for me to decide what I would cook first, the Skillet Spanakopita by Dessert for Two that you listed on your site looks so interesting and delicious, which means it would probably be the recipe to induct the pans into my kitchen cookware family!

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 2:35 pm

      I am totally intrigued that that recipe too Alison! It looks so yummy and healthy.

  27. Patti — January 20, 2014 @ 9:28 am (#)

    I would make a big family dinner…meaning my sons and their girlfriends would be visiting. Menu as yet undetermined…

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 2:06 pm

      I’m sure they’d love whatever you make Patti! Sounds like a wonderful party :)

  28. paula — January 20, 2014 @ 9:35 am (#)

    big pot of soup!

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 2:05 pm

      One of my winter favorites Paula! Thanks so much for entering and have a great day.

  29. Joseph — January 20, 2014 @ 9:36 am (#)

    Big pot of Chili in the stock pot for the football games, in the saute pan Osso Buco for my wife.

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 2:05 pm

      Your wife is one lucky lady Joseph. Osso Buco sounds just wonderful!

  30. Cary — January 20, 2014 @ 9:37 am (#)

    I would cook you and Ben dinner in it! Your choice!

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 2:04 pm

      We’ll have what you’re having!!! Thanks Cary :)

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  32. Nancy Rapoport — January 20, 2014 @ 9:43 am (#)

    Risotto, stews and soups, stir fry . . . the list is endless. The set is beautiful. I think I’d be happy just to have something so beautiful in my kitchen. Plus, it’s my birthday today — can’t imagine a better gift. :-)

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 2:03 pm

      Happy Birthday to you Nancy!!!! I hope you have a great day and best wishes for the giveaway too.

  33. Kathy Biehl — January 20, 2014 @ 10:02 am (#)

    Ooh, if I had new Analon cookware to replace my 35 year old set, I would make this recipe. Okay, I’m going to make this recipe anyway.

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 2:02 pm

      That would be wonderful Kathy! Good luck with the giveaway, and I hope you enjoy these green beans no matter what.

  34. Andrea McMerty Brummer — January 20, 2014 @ 10:11 am (#)

    I would start making (and freezing) all the meals I will need on hand once this new baby arrives next month!!

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 2:02 pm

      What a wonderful plan Andrea! And CONGRATS to you and your family by the way. Sending lots of hugs and warm wishes.

  35. Mary — January 20, 2014 @ 10:28 am (#)

    Wild rice soup with yellow sulfur shelf mushrooms!

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 2:01 pm

      YUM Mary! Can I come over for dinner?? ;-)

  36. Cassidy — January 20, 2014 @ 10:28 am (#)

    Well, I would start with this recipe. It looks amazing! Love green beans and this is a refreshing take on them.

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

      I would be honored Cassidy! Thanks so much :)

  37. Angie@Angie's Recipes — January 20, 2014 @ 10:32 am (#)

    Those braised green beans look mouthwatering, Erin. I love the flavours.

  38. Randy Fulgham — January 20, 2014 @ 10:33 am (#)

    I WOULD DO THIS RECIPE FOR THE BEANS AND CHICKEN AND MASHED POTATOES..WITH CORN BREAD–ONION AND TOMATOES..YUMMY

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 1:58 pm

      Randy, that sounds like one amazing dinner! I think my husband would marry me all over again if I made it, lol. Thanks for entering!

  39. Kelly — January 20, 2014 @ 10:37 am (#)

    I just ate but this recipe has me drooling! Is it time to start dinner?

    I would love to cook up a Thai-inspired stir fry in that gorgeous cookware :)

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 1:58 pm

      It’s time to start dinner anytime you are hungry Kelly! :) Thanks so much.

  40. Tracy Johnston — January 20, 2014 @ 10:41 am (#)

    I would make a big pot of Vegetarian Chilli. The green beans sound delectable!! I hope that I win the copper cookware!

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 1:58 pm

      Thanks Tracy! And I think your chili sounds delectable :)

  41. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — January 20, 2014 @ 10:49 am (#)

    Funny you used Harissa because it is the “it” flavor of 2014. Everybody is going mad over it and I can see why. These green beans look packed full of flavor.

  42. Kacey Bostrom — January 20, 2014 @ 10:53 am (#)

    I love that you think of the aesthetics of what you cook in! Sometimes that can make ones day. I think I would have to test my caramel recipe in the Analon Nouvelle Copper cookware.

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 1:57 pm

      Please test your recipe and then send some to me to quality test too! ;-)

      • Kacey Bostrom — January 20th, 2014 @ 2:10 pm

        You betcha! We’re practically neighbors after all in MN.

  43. Martha Franks — January 20, 2014 @ 11:19 am (#)

    Would love to win this lovely cookware!

  44. bakeaholicmama — January 20, 2014 @ 11:19 am (#)

    These look great Erin! I always need new veggie ideas that will be a hit with the fam.

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 1:56 pm

      Thanks so much Carrie. And same here–always on the hunt for new ways to eat our greens!

  45. Casie Kersey — January 20, 2014 @ 11:26 am (#)

    Since it’s so cold out, I’d love to make some hearty soups and stews!

  46. Sandy — January 20, 2014 @ 11:32 am (#)

    I would use that nice, big stock pot to make to make ricotta cheese for my lasagna.

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 1:53 pm

      Sandy, that is exactly what I want to do with my now. Fabulous idea! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  48. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely — January 20, 2014 @ 11:39 am (#)

    That is a lot of travel! I bet you’re glad to be home. I am obsessed with green beans lately. Can’t get enough.

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  50. Mary Ann — January 20, 2014 @ 11:57 am (#)

    I would make a complete dinner–roast, starch and vegetables. The String Bean recipe would be the vegetable.

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

      What a meal Mary Ann! Sounds divine. And I would be honored for these green beans to be the veggie course :)

  51. Lisa Thompson — January 20, 2014 @ 12:07 pm (#)

    These green beans look good, but I think the first thing I’d make is a nice stir fry with egg rolls…I have Chinese New Year on the mind!

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 1:46 pm

      LOVE that idea Lisa. I’ve never made my own egg rolls, and now I want to give them a try!

  52. Amy — January 20, 2014 @ 12:17 pm (#)

    I would make taco meat

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 1:46 pm

      Everyone loves taco night Amy! Sounds perfect.

  53. Anne [A Squared] — January 20, 2014 @ 12:20 pm (#)

    I would definitely give those green beans a try– or maybe a healthy veggie stir fry– in that cookware!

  54. Kathleen Pehl — January 20, 2014 @ 12:32 pm (#)

    I think a stir fry would happen first, or maybe a nice stew in these waning winter months. =)

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 1:45 pm

      Both sound just delightful Kathleen! Those are two of my favorite weeknight meals.

  55. Diane Brandt — January 20, 2014 @ 12:39 pm (#)

    I would cook a number of dishes but would start with this one with green beans and feta! Looks delicious!

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 1:42 pm

      I’d be honored! Thanks so much Diane!!

  56. Brandi Price — January 20, 2014 @ 1:13 pm (#)

    I would do a good country cookin’ meal. Country Fried Steak and potatoes and mac and cheese and green beans. YUM!

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 1:41 pm

      WOW Brandi! That sounds like what I need to beat this cold WI winter. Can I come over for dinner? ;-)

      • Brandi Price — January 20th, 2014 @ 1:48 pm

        Anytime! BUT that’s a long way from SC! ;)

  57. happyvalleychow — January 20, 2014 @ 1:14 pm (#)

    What a great recipe and giveaway! Thanks for sharing :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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  59. laurengrier — January 20, 2014 @ 1:22 pm (#)

    Thank you so much for including me in this wonderful giveaway!! Love the green beans:)

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 1:41 pm

      You bet lady! So happy to have you as a part of it. Thanks for participating :)

  60. Amy Alt — January 20, 2014 @ 1:30 pm (#)

    Wow I love this combination- I’m always after veggie lunches to take to work and this ticks all the right boxes. Tasty, easy to prepare and healthy! :O this is going to feature in my lunchbox this week for sure

  61. Deb — January 20, 2014 @ 1:48 pm (#)

    Soups, stews and winter comfort food.

  62. erinsilvius — January 20, 2014 @ 2:05 pm (#)

    Erin, these look delicious!! Considering my house is a house full of girls who are recent college grads or in grad school, we could totally use these pots! I think the first thing I’d make is a soup recipe I’m posting in a couple weeks (it was so good I need more of it!) or chili for the Super Bowl! Go Seahawks! :)

  63. pks1154Paula Weintraut — January 20, 2014 @ 2:06 pm (#)

    I Love to Make homemade Soups and Need a Stove top Stew Pot .. that would be wonderful to Win!

  64. Mary — January 20, 2014 @ 2:23 pm (#)

    I’ll fix it when you return to
    the cabin!

  65. Susan — January 20, 2014 @ 2:23 pm (#)

    Vegetable soup to warm us up during this sometimes bitter cold winter.

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 2:34 pm

      How I could use that today Susan! Sounds so comforting.

  66. Sharry M. — January 20, 2014 @ 3:20 pm (#)

    First off, those green beans look amazing!! I usually just steam them…I know boring!! If I won the cookware, I think a nice big pot of chili would be great…especially with all the cold weather we are having!

  67. Chelsea — January 20, 2014 @ 3:22 pm (#)

    I’d probably make a big pot of comforting, stick-to-your-ribs stew!

  68. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health — January 20, 2014 @ 3:35 pm (#)

    I need to have a tree taking down party too soon dont worry Erin. you have taken green beans to an another level..

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 11:45 pm

      Phew! Glad I’m in good company. Thanks lady :-)

  69. Kelly — January 20, 2014 @ 3:36 pm (#)

    Love travelling and seeing family too but it’s definitely nice to come back home to your own kitchen :) Love green beans and these sound fantastic with the harissa paste and feta! I’ve never tried braising green beans before but loving this baking soda trick, will have to do that next time – thanks for sharing Erin :)

  70. Teffy — January 20, 2014 @ 3:48 pm (#)

    Green beans and feta is such a delicious combo. Feta and almost anything is a delicious combo!
    Tried some thrice cooked chips with feta this weekend – heaven! This is like a healthy version!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  71. Ashley B — January 20, 2014 @ 4:28 pm (#)

    I would make these green beans with a smidge of bacon!

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 10:14 pm

      OOOOO great idea on the bacon Ashley! Then even the staunchest veggie skeptics couldn’t resist :)

  72. Anna — January 20, 2014 @ 4:30 pm (#)

    Erin, your blog is fabulous and the recipes are seriously mouth-watering! As for the cookware, it would be a tough choice, but I’d love to try braising green beans like you did in your recipe, and making a delicious pot of soup. Thanks for the amazing giveaway and the wonderful recipe :)

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 11:44 pm

      You are so kind Anna! Thanks a million (and I’d be honored if you tried my green beans!)

  73. Deb Withee — January 20, 2014 @ 4:41 pm (#)

    These green beans, of course! They look delicious!

  74. Beth — January 20, 2014 @ 4:55 pm (#)

    Love your blog Erin! Chance to win free cookware? Sign me up!

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 11:43 pm

      You are a doll! Thanks so much Beth. That means a lot :-)

  75. Sarah — January 20, 2014 @ 5:18 pm (#)

    i’d make a big pot of chicken noodle soup! yum!

  76. smhuts — January 20, 2014 @ 5:22 pm (#)

    I would make potato latkes. Mmm.

  77. Elaine O — January 20, 2014 @ 5:22 pm (#)

    I’d love to make chicken tikka masala in my new cookware!

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 11:42 pm

      YUM! Can I come over? :-)

  78. Sage Y. — January 20, 2014 @ 5:28 pm (#)

    I would love to experiment and make soups and rice dishes with these :) I am a college student and am unable to afford cooking items :) This would be so amazing for me :)

  79. Wendy Collins — January 20, 2014 @ 5:34 pm (#)

    Look delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  80. Natalie — January 20, 2014 @ 5:55 pm (#)

    I would love to make a decadent macaroni and cheese or stir fry.

  81. Sharon — January 20, 2014 @ 6:16 pm (#)

    The green bean dish looks like a good first!

  82. Nikki — January 20, 2014 @ 6:41 pm (#)

    I would replace my mediocre starter set of pots and pans and help my fiance cook a nice dinner.

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 11:42 pm

      He sounds like a lucky man Nikki!!

  83. Amy Zagar — January 20, 2014 @ 6:45 pm (#)

    I would make wild rice soup!

  84. Karen Coe — January 20, 2014 @ 7:23 pm (#)

    I think I’d give the green beans a try..looks yummy!

  85. Mary Frances — January 20, 2014 @ 7:23 pm (#)

    Haha, that always happens to me on trips, too! Except I can account for two Friday evenings :) I’m a huge feta fan and green beans are such an easy and delicious side dish. Yum!

  86. Angie — January 20, 2014 @ 7:26 pm (#)

    I would proudly make breakfast, lunch and dinner with this wonderful set of cookware.

  87. Pat Glass — January 20, 2014 @ 7:28 pm (#)

    Those stir-fry recipes you posted recently look delicious; that’s what I would cook!

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 11:41 pm

      I was so inspired by those recipes too Pat! They are going on our dinner menu also. Thanks so much!

  88. Laurie — January 20, 2014 @ 8:18 pm (#)

    OK, well, I know this is not at all the politically or healthily correct answer, but….I would so make a big pot of chicken and shrimp gumbo and maybe even a skillet full of shrimp Creole! I was born in Louisiana, but I have never made these two dishes for my three daughters still at home (I have 5 daughters and 1 son, so no, I am not one of your younger followers !). I regret that they have not tasted more of the Southern favorites my own mom used to serve, and living in Michigan means there will not be a whole lot of exposure. So, just as a treat, I’d make these dishes, followed by a serving of that scrumptious dessert you were torching the other day! (And thanks so much for the butane tip – I would have assumed the torch came filled, too! Teehee) And then later, I would try out each of your delicious recipes; maybe my hubby will finally like green beans! Enjoy your posts, sweetie. Thanks for sharing.

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 11:41 pm

      Laurie, I think that sounds like such a sweet idea. There is nothing like sharing the recipes that are dear to your heart! Thanks so much for your kind words–it’s wonderful to have you as a reader. PS. So surprising about the butane, right?! I made the cashier at Ace Hardware fill it up for me, lol

  89. Donna — January 20, 2014 @ 8:27 pm (#)

    Chicken and dumplings or red beans and rice

  90. Trisha — January 20, 2014 @ 8:45 pm (#)

    My hubby is a Missouri native and is obsessed with Kansas City barbecue. I still haven’t tried it! I think I would make these green beans in my new pans, because they look perfect. Put feta on anything and I’m sold. :)

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 11:39 pm

      You MUST make a pilgrimage to Oklahoma Joe’s Trisha. The pulled pork and ribs are divine!!! It’s a food trip worth making, and I’m not even that into meat!

  91. jea smith — January 20, 2014 @ 10:39 pm (#)

    i am thinking of steam brussel sprouts…yummy

    • Erin Clarke — January 20th, 2014 @ 11:37 pm

      One of my all time favorite veggies! We just had ‘em tonight in fact. Great minds :-)

  92. Joyti — January 21, 2014 @ 1:17 am (#)

    Ah, it must be great to be home! At least you put up a tree….I didn’t (law school finals got in the way)….
    The green beans look delicious too. Yum!

    • Erin Clarke — January 21st, 2014 @ 10:01 am

      Joyti, finals got in the way of ours, at least from Ben’s perspective. I think he barely realized I’d put it up!

  93. Marian — January 21, 2014 @ 5:41 am (#)

    It would have to be the sauteed zucchini dish that my husband introduced me to. Sliced zucchini dredged in flour and sauteed with chopped green chile. Yum!

  94. Marta Warren — January 21, 2014 @ 8:49 am (#)

    I would make a big pot of ham and bean soup! Rotel and shredded cabbage are my secret!

    • Erin Clarke — January 21st, 2014 @ 10:00 am

      Ooooo thanks for revealing your tricks! I promise not to tell (unless of course I post a ham and bean soup, but I’ll give you full credit!)

  95. tammy shelton — January 21, 2014 @ 9:54 am (#)

    I would make those green beans, I don’t even like green beans and these look good to me!

    • Erin Clarke — January 21st, 2014 @ 9:57 am

      I’m flattered!!! Thanks so much Tammy :-)

  96. Michelle — January 21, 2014 @ 9:55 am (#)

    Pasta with homemade sausage and peppers

  97. Susan Godley — January 21, 2014 @ 10:19 am (#)

    These beans!!

  98. bakerbynature — January 21, 2014 @ 10:21 am (#)

    I would make these green beans!!! They look incredible, lady. And I don’t even like the greens most days!

  99. Melissa w. — January 21, 2014 @ 11:47 am (#)

    I would like to make everything in these pans! lol, your beans look amazing, I love them with onion and bacon :) but this is a new twist I must try!

    • Erin Clarke — January 21st, 2014 @ 11:54 am

      Thank you so much Melissa! Onions and bacon are in of my family’s favorite ways to serve them too, and I hope you love this version as well!

  100. Sarah — January 21, 2014 @ 11:57 am (#)

    I’d love to make a bolognese sauce

  101. Lisa — January 21, 2014 @ 1:18 pm (#)

    The possibilities are endless with such a beautiful set. With the addition of 2 stepchildren I’ve outgrown my current set. Please choose me and I’ll send you pictures of the meals I make!!!

    • Erin Clarke — January 21st, 2014 @ 2:59 pm

      Lisa, the winner is out of my hands (automated random drawing) but I wish you the best of luck, and I’d always love to hear about what you make :-)

  102. David Smith — January 21, 2014 @ 1:48 pm (#)

    We have a recipe for Teriyaki Chicken that would work really well in a new set on Anolon stainless steel pans.

  103. Layla @BrunchTimeBaker — January 21, 2014 @ 2:24 pm (#)

    What a wonderful way to make green beans Erin! Love the Harissa addition!

    • Erin Clarke — January 21st, 2014 @ 11:09 pm

      Thanks Layla! Harissa has become one of my favorite add-ins.

  104. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs — January 21, 2014 @ 3:43 pm (#)

    Glad to read you had a wonderful trip. All the food sounds amazing!
    And so do these beans! You’re right: they don’t get all the credit they should, and darn, they sound delish with the harissa yuuum!

  105. Andrew — January 21, 2014 @ 6:18 pm (#)

    I would make nasi goreng with a homemade peanut satay sauce, prawn crackers and a teriyaki style chicken skewer.

    • Erin Clarke — January 21st, 2014 @ 11:03 pm

      Holy moly Andrew! That sounds like a seriously tasty feast!

  106. angevege — January 21, 2014 @ 8:05 pm (#)

    I would love to have this Anolon set to make green curry tofu & veggies with jasmine rice.

    Angela Cash
    angevege[AT]gmail[DOT]com

  107. Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out — January 21, 2014 @ 8:24 pm (#)

    I bet you are so relieved to be back in your own bed. THAT is the best part of coming home. If I’ve gotta give up eating like a pig, I better be able to snuggle in my own sheets. True life.

    • Erin Clarke — January 21st, 2014 @ 11:02 pm

      You speak pure gospel! It does feel good to be home. And the cookies I eat standing up don’t count, right? I need to transition slowly…

  108. anecdotesandapples — January 21, 2014 @ 10:09 pm (#)

    Hi Erin, there is nothing like coming home after a long bout of travel. Especially when you cook like this! Wow, these beans look and sound delicious. I would use this set to make some sort of pasta dish!

  109. karen — January 21, 2014 @ 10:50 pm (#)

    What a lovely set, if I won, I would make chili

  110. Candice Montgomery — January 22, 2014 @ 5:56 am (#)

    Those green beans look tempting, maybe some peppercorn steak to go with them.

  111. Leo :) — January 22, 2014 @ 9:15 am (#)

    This recipe is awesome. I tried it with my best friends over the weekend and they loved it :) Thanks for that. As for the set, honestly? I’m trying to build up my kitchen with fine cookware, and this seems perfect for my red wine-braise short ribs or my butternut squash and goat cheese risotto :)

    • Erin Clarke — January 22nd, 2014 @ 3:03 pm

      Yay Leo! Thanks and happy to hear it. Also both of those recipes sound AMAZING. Can I come over for dinner? ;-)

  112. Diane McMahon — January 22, 2014 @ 9:18 am (#)

    Love to make Chicken Cachatore in the large skillet. Not sure of the spelling of the dinner, but love to cook and eat it.

  113. Peggy D — January 22, 2014 @ 10:18 am (#)

    I would make some yummy chili, it’s a snowy morning here and would be a perfect day for chili

  114. Tammy S — January 22, 2014 @ 10:44 am (#)

    I would make salmon, rice & asparagus along with other dishes thanks

  115. Tommy — January 22, 2014 @ 10:46 am (#)

    Definitely some soup!

  116. Gail Rosenstrom — January 22, 2014 @ 11:13 am (#)

    I would make breakfast lunch and dinner in those pans :)

  117. Marilyn B — January 22, 2014 @ 11:17 am (#)

    Your spicy braised green beans sound great and I would love to try them in a new Analon pan. Thanks for a chance.

  118. Denise Adams — January 22, 2014 @ 11:48 am (#)

    I make asparagus with garlic and herbs… would come out great in this new cookware!

  119. Paula Ball — January 22, 2014 @ 12:21 pm (#)

    I would make lots of Mexican food & gumbo

  120. Angela Y — January 22, 2014 @ 2:10 pm (#)

    I would makse some zuppa toscana soup :)

  121. melissaberry1997 — January 22, 2014 @ 3:01 pm (#)

    I am really trying new things and got some artichokes I want to try!

  122. H Roby — January 22, 2014 @ 3:24 pm (#)

    If I win the Anolon 11-piece Nouvelle Copper Cookware Set Giveaway, I’d love to try making the braised green beans shown above!

  123. christine burd — January 22, 2014 @ 3:45 pm (#)

    I would make the green bean dish as I love green beans ! I would make creamed chicken as well.

  124. Terry Gunville — January 22, 2014 @ 3:53 pm (#)

    I would make chicken and dumplings with the 11 piece analon set

  125. Teresa C — January 22, 2014 @ 3:54 pm (#)

    So many good options, I think my husband would love your green beans, I would also make the family favorite, a big pot of spaghetti.

  126. Colleen Boudreau — January 22, 2014 @ 4:22 pm (#)

    I would make some Bourbon Chicken!

  127. Linda — January 22, 2014 @ 6:01 pm (#)

    I would try these green beans, and a lot of other dishes also !!!

  128. olivia tokarz — January 22, 2014 @ 8:38 pm (#)

    I would like to try and make a cassoulet! Perfect cookwear to do it in!

  129. Jenny — January 22, 2014 @ 8:38 pm (#)

    Beautiful cookware!! I would love to make garlic parmesan Polenta and these yummy green beans!!

  130. Mary — January 22, 2014 @ 8:44 pm (#)

    I would love to try the green beans!

  131. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — January 22, 2014 @ 9:56 pm (#)

    I know how you feel, Erin! Though travel can be fun and adventurous, there’s nothing better than your own bed… and kitchen! Welcome home. Sounds like you really earned a good, hearty home-cooked meal!

    • Erin Clarke — January 22nd, 2014 @ 11:20 pm

      I can’t lie Georgia–we slept realllllly well when we got back, haha. Thanks lady!

  132. kortney Picker — January 22, 2014 @ 11:45 pm (#)

    So many choices, I would like to make Chicken Cordon Bleu and bacon cheddar mashed potatoes, with a side of asparagus. Those are all my husbands favorite foods, so that is why I chose that menu!

  133. Dezi A — January 23, 2014 @ 12:00 am (#)

    Oh, what wouldn’t I make? I’d start with some soups and stews!

  134. solducky — January 23, 2014 @ 10:54 am (#)

    I’d start with porkchops with mushroom pan gravy!

  135. SF — January 23, 2014 @ 11:09 am (#)

    I would love to make a veggie stir fry with tofu. And maybe some miso soup! Thanks for the giveaway :)

    • Erin Clarke — January 23rd, 2014 @ 12:55 pm

      Both sound wonderful! Thanks for entering and good luck :)

  136. Kat1126 — January 23, 2014 @ 12:24 pm (#)

    those green beans look wonderful (at least to me – hubby would nix the feta and probably pick around the tomato pieces) but I bet everything would cook better in those pans – no more “hot spots”.
    I might have to do a nice pork tenderloin meal for the first “home cooked” creation. But I bet the sky will be the limit.

  137. jennifer barr — January 23, 2014 @ 1:26 pm (#)

    chili

  138. Wendy McBride — January 23, 2014 @ 1:41 pm (#)

    I would make a small brisket in one of the pans in the oven, green beans, and German Potato Salad. using 3 different pans.

    wendym at cableone dot net

  139. Lynn — January 24, 2014 @ 3:45 am (#)

    If I won, I’d celebrate by cooking a LOT more. First dish? Fajitas!

    • Erin Clarke — January 24th, 2014 @ 10:36 am

      Fajita night is THE BEST Lynn! Great choice :)

  140. Jasmine P — January 24, 2014 @ 2:37 pm (#)

    I would make my fried chicken!

  141. katie — January 24, 2014 @ 5:14 pm (#)

    My daughter loved the carrot cake pancakes with the cream cheese glaze!

    • Erin Clarke — January 24th, 2014 @ 5:34 pm

      Katie, I’m also happy to hear that!! Thanks for letting me know, and I hope you and your daughter have a great weekend!

  142. Nutmeg Nanny — January 24, 2014 @ 7:10 pm (#)

    These beans look amazing! I would totally eat a plate for dinner :)

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  144. Susan G — January 25, 2014 @ 9:10 am (#)

    All these years and I’ve never tried “braising” (or if I did I didn’t know it…). Your recipe for green beans looks yummy, I would start there.

    • Erin Clarke — January 25th, 2014 @ 12:58 pm

      I’ve just started getting into ‘braising’ myself, and it’s such a simple way to create loads of flavor. Thanks so much and if you try the beans, I hope you love ‘em!

  145. Maggie — January 25, 2014 @ 10:04 am (#)

    pasta primavera and those delicious green beans:)

  146. Kristi — January 25, 2014 @ 2:04 pm (#)

    These look incredible! I can’t wait to try them. And if I won the cookware, I would cook up a hot batch of chili to warm up with on this blustery day!

  147. Stephanie O'Day — January 25, 2014 @ 4:35 pm (#)

    I would make some grilled chicken! Mashed potatoes and gravy and green beans!

  148. PATRICIA BOOTH — January 25, 2014 @ 5:15 pm (#)

    Would love to try some new recipes and make dinner for friends and family.

  149. Amber — January 25, 2014 @ 6:48 pm (#)

    I’d make omelets.

  150. novellaandbanannabelle — January 26, 2014 @ 11:58 am (#)

    Sounds like you had a great trip!

    • Erin Clarke — January 26th, 2014 @ 6:17 pm

      Oh my goodness, it was! Thanks so much. If you can ever take a trip to San Diego, do it :-)

  151. Kitty — January 26, 2014 @ 4:30 pm (#)

    I would make some broccoli soup!

    • Erin Clarke — January 26th, 2014 @ 6:15 pm

      Perfect for a cold night Kitty! Thanks for entering :-)

  152. Michael — January 26, 2014 @ 9:45 pm (#)

    Make anything Greek or Cajun.

  153. Jane — October 21, 2014 @ 6:15 am (#)

    II have harissa but it is in powder form. Just add water for make a paste, or add to the tomato paste, just add more.

    • Erin Clarke — October 21st, 2014 @ 3:10 pm

      Hi Jane! I have never worked with Harissa powder, but either method sounds like it would work to me. The main point is to get the flavor in there :-) If you do try it, I would love to hear how it turns out for you so that I can advise others too!

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  155. Kitty — March 24, 2015 @ 1:45 pm (#)

    What a great website for recipes. If the pans are as good, I will be getting them!

    • Erin@WellPlated — March 25th, 2015 @ 8:07 am

      Thank you Kitty (and the pans are fabulous!)

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