Rediscovering the Joy of Cooking

July 16, 2008

String Beans with Shallots

Filed under: side dish, vegetables — Emily @ 3:50 am

This is my go-to green bean recipe. Fast, easy and delicious! Always a winner—I’ve been making it for years.

(Source: Barefoot Contessa Family Style by Ina Garten)

1 pound French string beans (haricots verts), ends removed

Kosher salt

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 tablespoon good olive oil

3 large shallots, large-diced

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Blanch the string beans in a large pot of boiling salted water for 1 1/2 minutes only (if using regular string beans, blanch for about 3 minutes until they’re crisp-tender). Drain immediately and immerse in bowl of ice water.

Heat the butter and oil in a very large saute pan (12-inch diameter) or large pot and saute the shallots on medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes, tossing occasionally, until lightly browned. Drain the string beans and add to the shallots with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and the pepper, tossing well. Heat only until the beans are hot.

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4 Comments »

  1. Hmmm… I should get some beans and cook them because we haven’t had beans in awhile!

    Comment by Joelen — July 16, 2008 @ 12:46 pm

  2. Are these the green beans you made for us for our picnic and movie in the park in Nashville? :) They were delicious and I remember you telling me about the trick of blanching at that time.

    Comment by Nikki — July 16, 2008 @ 11:11 pm

  3. [...] Dinner #2: Pork Tenderloin with Lemon Mustard Sauce with String Beans and Shallots (from Emily) [...]

    Pingback by Menu Monday « Made by Melissa — July 28, 2008 @ 3:27 pm

  4. [...] today. So I subbed sugar-snap peas and they were very good. This recipe comes from Emily over at Rediscovering the Joy of Cooking, she got it from The Barefoot Contessa Family Style (of course it was an Ina recipe, they were [...]

    Pingback by Sugar-Snap Peas with Shallots « Made by Melissa — July 30, 2008 @ 6:52 pm


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