French Green Beans & Shallots

By Design of Your Life



French Green Beans & Shallots


6-8 people

Total Time

15 minutes

prep Time

5 minutes





1 to 1 1/2 pounds French green beans 3 tbsp unsalted butter 1 tbsp EVOO 3-4 shallots, sliced

What's another name for French Green Beans?

Haricot vert is the French term for one of the long, slender green beans. "Haricot" means bean and "vert" means green in French. Haricots verts are longer and thinner than American green bean varieties and tend to be more tender and have a more robust flavor.

Haricot Verts

What is blanching?

To blanch, food is briefly immersed in boiling water (often just a minute or two), followed by an ice bath to rapidly cool off the food.

Before we get started...

Why blanch veggies?

When a food is blanched properly, the flavor, color, texture, and nutritional value is preserved.  Blanching gently softens the outside of the food while keeping the interior crisp, sweetens the produce a little, and causes the vegetable to hold its color for a longer period of time.

Before we get started...

STEP 1:  Prep Ingredients & Boiling Water

Wash the green beans and peel the shallots, if needed. Remove the ends of the string beans and cut the shallots into large slices. Bring a large pot to a boil.

STEP 2:  Blanch Green Beans

Blanch the beans for about 1 1/2 minutes.   Make sure not to over do them or else they'll get mushy. Drain immediately and immerse in a bowl of ice water.

STEP 3:  Prep Sauté

Heat the butter and oil in a large sauce or sauté pan and sauté the shallots on medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes, tossing occasionally, until lightly browned.

STEP 4:  Sauté

Drain the beans and add them to the sauté pan with the shallots.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Only heat the beans until they are warm.

Then enjoy!

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