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Green Bean with Shallots


1 pound French string beans (haricots verts), ends removed
Kosher salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoons 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.

Drain the beans immediately and immerse them in a bowl of ice water.

Heat the butter and oil in a very large saut, pan and saut, the shallots on medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes until lightly browned. Toss them occasionally.

Drain the string beans and add to the shallots with 1/2 teaspoon salt and the pepper, tossing well.

Heat only until the beans are hot.

Note: The above 1 1/2 minutes of suggested cooking time is for actual French string beans. If you're using regular string beans, blanch them for about 3 minutes, until they're crisp-tender. I would also suggest drying the beans on paper towels to make sure they're as dry as possible before adding them to the shallots.

Serves 4

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