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Italian Style Green Beans with Polenta + Chocolate Hazelnut Raspberry Trifle

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These Italian style green beans are a festive, vegetarian alternative to your typical holiday meal. #jointhetable #ad

This post was sponsored by Colavita & Perugina in collaboration with Honest Cooking (an online magazine that I contribute to). I’m being compensated for my time and I received a bunch of awesome free products (like the ones I used in these recipes), but I promise that all ideas and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting Simply Whisked and the brands that make it possible for me to bring you even more great content. I also want you to know how fun I think posts like this are because they challenge me to go out of my comfort zone and create something completely unique that I may otherwise never have attempted.



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This recipe came out of nowhere for me. I literally whipped it up with what I had in my pantry (and freezer) one day. I was thinking holidays, which lead to thinking of green bean casserole, which lead to me to the pantry where I saw sundried tomatoes and artichokes, which lead to this – Italian style green beans with polenta. I chose to make the polenta to round it out into a full meal.

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It’s such a great, festive vegetarian meal for the holidays. So if you’re looking for a change to your typical menu, try this. It’s so unexpected. Your guests will love it. It’s also a great alternative to a traditional green bean casserole. Because, even though it can be good, it’s also really heavy. This is the total opposite of that. It’s vibrant, light and refreshing. Without the polenta, it would be a really great side dish.

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Italian Style Green Beans with Polenta

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Colavita Roasted Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 16-ounce bag frozen French-cut green beans
  • 1 9.87-ounce jar Colavita Artichoke Hearts, drained and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1 1/2 cups Colavita Instant Polenta
  • 2 -3 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • Grated pecorino romano cheese, for serving

Instructions

For the green beans:

  1. In a large skillet *affiliate link, heat olive oil to medium-high. Add onions and sauté, stirring frequently, until translucent – about 5 minutes. Add sun dried tomatoes, green beans, artichokes, and capers. Continue cooking until green beans are heated through and sun-dried tomatoes have softened. Reduce heat to low and keep warm until polenta is cooked. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

For the polenta:

  1. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Stir in polenta and salt, whisking to prevent the polenta from clumping. Reduce heat to medium-low and allow the polenta to thicken before serving.

To plate:

  1. Spoon a large serving of the green bean mixture onto a bed of polenta. Top with grated pecorino romano cheese.

Nutrition
  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
But wait! Don’t forget dessert. This chocolate hazelnut raspberry trifle is the perfect ending to your holiday meal.

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I truly believe that when you’re entertaining you need to make things easy on yourself. I try my best to do just that every time we have people over dinner (or a birthday party). Prepping things ahead of time is just one of the ways I do that, and this trifle can be prepped – through several different steps – well in advance.

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Basically, you need to make homemade whipped cream and then layer it with chopped up chocolates, cake and raspberries. So, I made the whipped cream the day before (although you could do it several days in advance as long as you keep it in the fridge in an airtight container).

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Then I chopped and assembled the trifle the day of our meal. Once they were done I popped them into the fridge and kept them cold until I served them. That’s it. Just make sure you don’t slowly eat your’s as the day goes on because it will be really weird when you’re just watching your guests eat their dessert because your’s is long gone. (Yes. I did that, but luckily I had extras!)

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Chocolate Hazelnut Raspberry Trile

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 5-ounce package Perugina Baci Milk Chocolate Premium Hazelnut Candy, wrappers removed and roughly chopped
  • 1 5-ounce package Perugina Baci Dark Chocolate Premium Hazelnut Candy, wrappers removed and roughly chopped
  • 1 store-bought angel food or pound cake, cubed
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries, thawed

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl with an electric mixer *affiliate link, beat whipping cream with sugar and vanilla until soft peaks have formed. Set aside.
  2. In small glass containers, layer cake pieces, raspberries, whipped cream and chopped candies. Repeat layers until containers are full.

Nutrition
  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
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