¾ cup white balsamic or cider vinegar
⅓ cup sugar
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1 teaspoon salt
1 large shallot, sliced
½ teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
Pinch red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds, lightly crushed
¼ teaspoon dill seeds, lightly crushed
1 pound green beans, trimmed
In a medium saucepan over medium-high, combine the vinegar, sugar, salt, shallot, allspice, black pepper, red pepper flakes, mustard seeds and dill seeds. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the green beans and simmer for another 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Once cooled, the green beans can be jarred (with some of the liquid) and refrigerated for up to 5 days.
Nutrition values per serving: 50 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated), 14 g carbohydrates, 4 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 1 g protein, 0 cholesterol, 170 mg sodium.
Alison Ladman for The Associated Press