French Green Beans

Total Time:
8 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
3 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 pound French green beans (haricots verts)
  • Kosher Salt
Directions

Fill a large saucepan with water, and bring to a boil. Add a handful of salt. Meanwhile, trim the ends off green beans, discarding any that are discolored or damaged. Add to the boiling water, and blanch for 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp tender. Drain the green beans. Immediately submerge in ice water to chill and to retain their bright color.

Alternatively, place the green beans in a colander. Place the colander on top of boiling potatoes to steam until tender, occasionally turning to cook evenly, about 3 to 4 minutes.


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    This recipe may seem obvious or simplistic. However, if more cooks read this before making green beans, there would be far fewer soggy, mushy plates of food out there. The number of times I have eaten wildly overcooked green beans suggests to me that this is actually a valuable recipe more people should read.
    Niice and simple with a great hint for doing double duty--steaming the beans over potatoes...
    great idea to put in a collender and steam over the potato's!!!!
    Just what we need. This guy is a joke, just like these green beans.
    Wow...if I had known this was a "recipe" I would have written my own cook book years ago.
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