Holiday side dish resolutions

December 18, 2008

greenbeans

As I have proclaimed perhaps a bit too loudly, I’m no longer a perfectionista. And, to prove it, I’m going to tell you that this Christmas, when my family gathers around my table for turkey, stuffing and Christmas cheer, I’m going to cut myself some slack and keep my side dishes super simple. Honest. On the menu will be green beans and super fluffy mashed potatoes with giblet gravy. That’s it. That’s all. I promise.

I’m a big fan of green beans and I think I make rather good ones. The best green beans are cooked in boiling salted water for 4 to 5 minutes depending on their thickness. Any less time and they are too crunchy. Any more time and they get mushy and stringy. All that’s left is to drain them well and to toss with butter, sea salt and pepper.

What about you? Will your holiday side dishes be elaborate or easy?