Prosciutto Green Beans make the easiest side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and everything in between! It just requires a few ingredients, is very food allergy-friendly, and easily customizable.
Prosciutto Green Beans have become one of my family’s favorite Thanksgiving side dishes (Christmas, too!). Green beans are a classic holiday side dish, but typically in the form of green bean casserole. Now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with green bean casserole (it’s delicious!), but this green bean side dish is even faster to make.
At it’s core, it’s just a few ingredients: fresh green beans, prosciutto, olive oil, salt, and pepper. This is the most simplified version of Prosciutto Green Beans.
Other favorite ways to enhance this simple side dish?
- Add caramelized onions. All you do is take a small sweet onion, slice in half, then slice each half into thin half-moons. Caramelize in the olive oil over low heat until they’re a deep golden brown color. Remove from the pan, follow the recipe as written, and add the caramelized onions back in when you add the green beans.
- Add sliced button mushrooms or baby portabello mushrooms when you add your green beans.
- If you’re a garlic fan, you can always add 1-2 cloves of minced garlic, too!
- Add any or all of the above ideas!
Generally, in terms of food allergies and sensitivities, this is a fairly benign dish. If you’re not allergic or sensitive to prosciutto or green beans themselves, you’re good! Things to watch out for:
- Make sure the prosciutto you buy doesn’t have any additives that may be related to gluten, dairy, or anything else you’re watching out for.
- If olive oil doesn’t work for you (or you can’t have it) you can sub any other oil, or even butter or ghee.
- Even if green beans don’t work for you, Brussels sprouts would be a great sub! Probably would need to add a couple minutes extra cooking time. 🙂
- While I personally LOVE the prosciutto in here, you truly could sub any kind of bacon/ turkey bacon, or even a veggie bacon (like coconut bacon or eggplant bacon).
Oh yeah, and bonus? Simple sides like these prosciutto green beans are remade excellently into leftovers. We enjoyed our leftovers with a lentil pasta, wilted spinach, dried basil, and olive oil.