Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Green Beans, Yellow Beans, Haricot Verts

So with the end of summer bounty of vegetables and fruits I have been searching for great recipes to have the veggies take center plate (if you will). Every other week I get a veggie/fruit delivery filled with local organic products. Each box is different and I was super excited when I received my yellow and green bean mixture this week, but wanted to step up the way I prepared them. After looking through so many recipes I finally found a three different ones that if I combined would give me what I was looking for, simple flavors with fresh ingredients. Now I must admit that it is not the healthiest of recipes, but truth be told I think quality pure ingredients taste better and in the long run you eat less being satisfied with fewer bites! Here is the listing of what I used:

.5 lbs Fresh green and yellow beans
1 1/2 tablespoons butter (I prefer goat or Irish butter)
2 small garlic cloves crushed
1/2 large red onion or 1 shallot chopped into strips (I have done both and don't know which one I like more)
a sprig of fresh thyme (in a pinch I used herbs de Provence)
Dash of red or white wine
salt and pepper to taste
freshly ground nutmeg to taste

You start with blanching the green beans by cooking them in salted boiling water for 5 minutes and then an ice water bath. While that is happening heat up your butter on medium heat and add the crushed garlic allowing it to slightly brown. Turn off heat and have it sit for 10 minutes to get all that garlicky flavor*. Discard garlic.

Place butter back on medium heat and add in onion or shallot and thyme and cook until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Turn up the heat to medium high to caramelize the onions slightly. Add in green beans and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Complete by adding a dash of the wine to de glaze the pan (you could also use red or white wine vinegar) and salt, pepper and nutmeg to your liking. Here is the result (I didn't plan on posting about this so I only took a photo with my phone last minute, so excuse the quality.):

*Quick note I have also just minced the garlic and added it to the butter and slightly brown leaving it in to save on time.

As you can tell writing recipes is not my hidden talent, but I really wanted to share this easy and tasty dish. I loved this so much I may just make it again tonight!

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