Green beans are a Thanksgiving staple, and this dish is fun and easy to make. Even if you’re not hosting or contributing a dish for the holiday, this green bean dish elevates a weeknight dinner to something a bit more special. I prefer a two step process when cooking green beans. The first step is blanching which is a quick dip of about 3-4 minutes in rapidly boiling salted water, then into an icy cold water bath to halt the cooking process. Blanching can be done ahead of time and then sauté your beans just before serving. You can also steam the beans as well. Blanching ensures that the beans maintain their color, crisp texture and will preserve some of the nutrients as well. Happy Thanksgiving!