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string beans with shallots

June 14, 2009


While I love my husband dearly, there are very few vegetables this man will eat.  He recites the list to me:

  • peas (only a few)
  • beets (always, preferably pickled)
  • carrots (sometimes)
  • potatoes (hardly a vegetable)
  • tomatoes (ditto)
  • string green beans

Tonight, to please him, we had a beautiful meal of string beans with shallots, baseball steaks (with mushrooms and wilted spinach for me, and red onion for Mike), split large prawns on a skewer and baby potatoes roasted in foil with fresh rosemary and butter.

The string beans with shallots come from the Barefoot Contessa.  She never lets me down.

String Beans with Shallots
-from Barefoot Contessa Family Style cookbook

1 pound string beans, ends removed
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 Tablespoon olive oil
4 shallots, diced
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Boil a pot of salted water.  Blanche the beans in the water for two minutes.  Drain in colander and rinse with cold water.

In the same pot, melt the butter and heat the olive oil.  Add the shallots and cook until brown.  Just before serving, add the cooked beans and stir until just hot.  Season liberally with salt and pepper.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 15, 2009 3:48 am

    string beans are my fave veg so i will be doing this tonight…thx for posting 🙂

  2. June 15, 2009 1:07 pm

    onions are also a vegetable… and you forgot — FORGOT — lettuce!

    plus cucumbers (pickled or otherwise). and corn sometimes.

    but all in moderation, let’s not get carried away…

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