Green Beans and Shiitake Mushrooms Plus 5 Simple Thanksgiving Sides

by heidi on November 17, 2011

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The stories are what I remember the most.

Everyone gathered around my Grandma Mary Jane’s dining table set with her best crystal and china—that I now have. The ambrosia salad that she’d make just for me. Helping my Aunt Jill make the relish tray and sneaking the squeeze cheese minus the celery.

But the best part of Thanksgiving was my Grandma M.J. retelling the same stories each year, with the same style and wit as if it was the first. Her memories of when my mom and and her siblings were young. No matter how many times we’d heard the story, the entire table would wait anxiously, grinning from ear to ear, and roar in laughter at the punch line.

No one could tell a story like Grandma MJ. Except for Uncle Tom, whose laugh was positively booming and infectious, and whose motto is, “I’m on a seafood diet. I see food and I eat it.”

Ah, words to live by.

Lucky for you, I’ve started—just barely—to move out of my ambrosia salad phase.

This green bean recipe was from the first real Thanksgiving I cooked on my own. The day started with family, bagels on the beach and surfing.

It ended with my husband’s coveted Baked Corn casserole erupting into Baked Corn Flambé and Tom the turkey making his post-oven debut at 9:30 p.m. Damn pop-up timers.

Let’s just say the martinis made the wait a lot easier .

But that’s what Thanksgiving is all about. It’s about creating the memories to share with family and friends around a table, with the same story and the same punch line, for years to come.

Green Beans with Shiitake Mushrooms

Green Beans with Shiitake Mushrooms


Bon Appetit Magazine, November 2001
6 tablespoons butter (¾ stick)
2 shallots, sliced thinly
2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2/3 cup low-fat chicken broth


  1. 1. Over medium-high heat, melt 3 tablespoons butter in a sauté pan. Add mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. 2. Transfer to a bowl.
  3. 3. In same pan, sauté onion and garlic in the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter for 2 minutes.
  4. 4.Add green beans and chicken broth. Simmer until liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes.
  5. 5. Add mushrooms back into pan and warm through.
  6. 6. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.


And now, please enjoy a few more side dishes that just might outshine memories of the bird.

FoodieCrush Spoon Fork Bacon Heavenly Mashed Potatoesphoto > Spoon Fork Bacon

I mean really. Really? How can ANYONE pass by and not stop and stare at these butterliciously-pooled mounds of Spoon Fork Bacon‘s Heavenly Mashed Potatoes  ? Jenny knows how to throw down the styling and Teri Lyn schools the drools with her heavenly photo skillz.

FoodieCrush Cookin Canuck Roasted Cauliflowerphoto > Cookin’ Canuck

Being Canadian gets Dara two Thanksgivings each year. That why Cookin’ Canuck‘s Roasted Cauliflower with Indian Spices adds a spicy-spruce-up to the T-day table. Yeah, she’s a pro.

FoodieCrush Back to Her Roots Roasted Brussels Sproutsphoto > Back to Her Roots

Oh honey, I hear your pain! Like me, Cassie wasn’t a fan of Brussels sprouts, but after creating the maple & balsamic roasted Roasted Brussles Sprouts with Bacon and Apples, she became a convert. Looks like there’s hope for me yet.

photo > Flavia’s Flavors

I’ve been stalking Flavia’s Flavor‘s recipe for Cranberry Pomegranate Relish all week (check out this great how-to for seeding those beautiful buggers ) thanks to Flavia’s marriage of the old dodger cranberry with the hottie ingredient of the moment Miss Pom. Ah, true love, no pre-nup required.

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Posted in: recipes,salads and sides,vegetables and fruits

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 17, 2011 at 2:43 am

Love the 1st pic of the green beans. The vertical, long, beans are just so perfectly accentuated with your photography. GREAT CLICK!


Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray November 17, 2011 at 5:50 am

Wow, thanks so much for the shout-out to my pomegranate tutorial :) These look like some awesome side dishes—those potatoes? Oh. my. goodness.


Bev Weidner November 17, 2011 at 6:01 am

You somehow made green beans look like the sexiest vegetable on the planet. Seriously. When can we get together and play?

Amayzin’ pictures.





marla November 17, 2011 at 6:28 am

You are right girl, it is all about creating those memories & keeping a great big smile on your face. Those buttery mashed potatoes…OMG!!


Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. November 17, 2011 at 8:40 am

love all of these!!


kelley November 17, 2011 at 8:52 am

All about memories and traditions. That’s why I LOVE Thanksgiving! Every one of these side dishes has me salivating!


Maria November 17, 2011 at 9:46 am

It’s all about the sides since I don’t do turkey:)


Melissa // thefauxmartha November 17, 2011 at 9:50 am

I love how you recount Thanksgivings past. And I love these simple sides. Cheers to new Thanksgiving memories!


Yvette ~ Muy Bueno November 17, 2011 at 12:52 pm

I think I’ll be adding the Cranberry Pomegranate Relish to our menu this year! YUM! Happy Thanksgiving! Salud!


Mrs. Measurement November 17, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Yum! All these side dishes look amazing. I can’t wait to try the Green Beans with Shiitake Mushrooms
out. It seems healthy and light.


heidi November 22, 2011 at 12:13 am

The green bean recipe is really light, and you can use as much or as little butter as you like. Unless you’re my husband. Then it’s just MORE BUTTER.


Martyna@WholesomeCook November 17, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Your story is so beautiful, I remember listening to similar tales when I was a little girl, especially around Christmas where more of our extended family would get together. That mash potato and beans look dreamy! Perfect with a juicy roast.


heidi November 22, 2011 at 12:12 am

It’s what the holidays are all about don’t you think? Thanks for the comment. :) Yum. Roast.


Cookie and Kate November 18, 2011 at 7:08 am

Great recipe and selections, Heidi! Honestly, I never liked Thanksgiving much, but that’s because I wasn’t eating recipes like these. Yum to all!


heidi November 22, 2011 at 12:11 am

Oh, that’s so sweet Kate! Seems like your blog would be plenty to inspire you. Beaut!


Jt Clough | Big Island Dog November 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Once again, I am inspired. Gonna get the things I need on my list and start making them. I personally think Thanksgiving should be on a daily basis. Eat food that’s good for you, and give thanks for so many things we have in our lives.

For some reason I’m bad with coming up with food ideas but lately I’m looking like I’m super healthy cook because of your blog! :)

Aloha Wags!


mjskit November 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm

These are all fabulous recipes! My husband asks for green beans for Thanksgiving and I think I just found the recipe! Great post!


heidi November 22, 2011 at 12:09 am

Oh good! From my husband to yours: eat lots.


Jeanette November 20, 2011 at 7:18 am

What I love most about Thanksgiving is that all families celebrate it in their own personal way. It’s one occasion when multi-generations sit at the same table and catch up and share stories. Side dishes are definitely my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner – love all the gorgeous photos!


Cookin' Canuck November 20, 2011 at 8:01 am

I could easily live by your Uncle Tom’s philosophy. Well said, indeed! I can’t think of a better way to liven up green beans than by pairing them with shiitake mushrooms (my favorite). Thanks so much for including my cauliflower recipe, Heidi.


Erin November 20, 2011 at 8:40 pm

I know and love that booming laugh! Your post has taken me down memory lane. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving! Looking forward to the launch…


heidi November 22, 2011 at 12:07 am

Ahh, Erin! Will I see you this week? I think T-bone is coming. More stories to share! XOXO


Deborah November 22, 2011 at 10:45 am

My grandma had a sticker on her fridge when I was growing up that had the seafood/see food saying on it. So every time I hear that, I think of her! These green beans look like the perfect side for Thanksgiving!


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