When Eric and I registered for wedding gifts back in the day choosing which pan set would best suit our needs was a big task.
I don’t remember what pots and pans we ended up; I do remember a plethora of different shapes and sizes. After a few years I realized many of those pans were rarely used, if at all.
10 years later, Calphalon has the answer to our wedding registry woes. They have introduced a brand new cookware experience called Your Set.
Your Set offers home cooks the ability to select the pots and pans piece by piece as they build their own custom set from the best of Calphalon.
Don’t need teeny tiny sauce pans or gigantic stock pots? Calphalon Your Set has the solution: don’t add them to your custom cookware set. It is as simple as that!
Because Calphalon offers such a unique twist on classic pot and pan sets with their new customization options, I decided to create a unique twist on green beans to be served at Thanksgiving. My flavor inspiration: Garlic, Bacon, Green Beans, Cranberries and Walnuts.
I love the challenge of tweaking old recipes into something new, or using a classic ingredient as inspiration for a new recipe. This is part of my creative process and occurs everyday that I am at work in my kitchen.
Instead of cream and butter laden green beans, I opted to blanch my green beans and then saute them in just enough butter and garlic using my new 3 quart AccuCore Stainless Steel Saute Pan by Calphalon.
For me, stainless steel can’t be beat. It is classic and when a top quality brand, such as Calphalon, is purchased the pots and pans will stand the test of time in my busy kitchen.
Then I mixed in just a bit of crumbled bacon for flavor. I used center cut uncured bacon to cut out fat and calories as well as unhealthy preservatives.
I found that with the accent of crumbled bacon, the dish itself didn’t need any additional salt for flavor. For a little sweet and a little crunch I topped the Garlic an Bacon Sauteed Green Beans with some dried cranberries and chopped walnuts.
If that isn’t rich enough for you after switching from a traditional Green Bean Casserole, add some crumbled blue cheese on top. For me, I didn’t find that necessary (though it is delicious).
How do you create a unique spin on a classic recipe?
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More About Calphalon Your Set & Giveaway
The base sets come with the basic pieces that every cook needs: 3 qt saucepan with lid, 3 quart saute pan with lid, and a 10 inch omelette pan. Experiement with building your own Your Set at www.calphalon.com/yourset. Mix it up. Make it yours.
Although I prefer to use stainless steel in my kitchen for the durability it offers, I always feel that I need just one nonstick pan that will allow eggs and other foods that tend to stick to release effortlessly. Now, it is easier than ever to add that one pan on.
With the holidays just around the corner, this is the perfect gift for the foodie in your life.
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Sauteed Garlic Bacon Green Beans
Yield: serves 4 - 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 - 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 - 20 minutes
12 ounces green beans, I prefer Haricot Verts
2 teaspoons butter
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 ounces cooked and crumbled uncured hickory bacon (about 10 oz. uncooked bacon)
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 ounces chopped walnuts
salt and pepper, to taste - if desired
Prepare a large bowl with ice water. Set aside. In a 3 quart saucepan, bring water to a rolling boil. Add the green beans and boil for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes.
Remove and drain the beans and plunge into the bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process and preserve the bright green color. Remove the beans when cold and pat dry. Discard the water
In a 3 quart stainless steel saute pan (I used my AccuCore Stainless Steel Saute pan by Calphalon) melt the butter with the olive oil over medium heat. When melted and hot, add the garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add the green beans and saute with the garlic and butter for about 2 - 3 minutes.
Toss the bacon into the green beans and continue to saute until bacon is heated through and desired tenderness is reach for the green beans.
Transfer the green beans to a serving dish and sprinkle with the walnuts and cranberries. Serve immediately.
This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Calphalon blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.