Green Bean

Mark Bittman's Green Beans with Crisp Shallots

June 25, 2013

This week, Mark Bittman is serving as a Guest Editor at Food52. He'll be choosing a Wildcard winner, answering your questions on the Hotline, and sharing recipes from his new Cooking Basics app.

Boiling and then sautéeing vegetables is one of my favorite preparations, as it gives you more control over doneness. The parboil?and?shock method, used here, is perfect whenever you want to make sure vegetables stay crisp and vibrant. It's also great for entertaining, since you can do some of the work way ahead and finish right before serving. 

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Fresh green beans should be crisp and smooth, with few brown spots. Try breaking one in half; if it doesn't snap, forget it. (They're not called snap beans for nothing.) 

Other vegetables that work well with this treatment: asparagus, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, snow and snap peas, any leafy greens, and turnips. Drain them well and keep them refrigerated until you're ready to use them, or use them right away sautéed in butter or olive oil (as with this recipe), in stir?fries, in salads, or as crudités with dip. 

Green Beans with Crispy Shallots

Makes 4 servings

1 1/2 pounds green beans
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 medium shallots, thinly sliced
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup sliced almonds, optional

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by Romulo Yanes

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My books include the bestselling How to Cook Everything and Vegan Before 6 P.M. (VB6), where I provide all the necessary tools for making the switch to a Flexitarian diet with lists for stocking the pantry, strategies for eating away from home in a variety of situations, pointers for making cooking on a daily basis both convenient and enjoyable, and a complete 28-day eating plan showing VB6 in action.