French-Style Green Beans Recipe

French-Style Green Beans Recipe
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 Gazpacho is a Spanish classic, best made when juicy tomatoes are in season.

This simple French inspired green bean recipe, adapted from Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management, a frequently consulted guide on cooking and etiquette in England published in 1861, was a side dish served at dinner feasts during the Edwardian and Victorian periods.

4
Servings
552
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 4 cups haricots verts, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon salt, plus more to taste
  • Pinch of baking soda
  • 3 ounces unsalted butter
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Juice of ½ lemon

Directions

Cut each bean into 4-6 pieces, according to size, cutting them lengthways in a slanting direction, and, as they are cut, put them into cold water, with a small quantity of salt dissolved in it. Measure ½ gallon water into a saucepan, with salt and soda in the above proportion and bring to a boil over high heat.

Put in the beans, keep them boiling quickly, with the lid uncovered, and be careful that they do not get smoked. When tender, which may be ascertained by their sinking to the bottom of the saucepan, take them up, throw them into a colander.

Once drained, put them into a stewpan, and shake over the fire, medium heat, to dry away the moisture from the beans. When quite dry and hot, add the butter, salt, pepper, and lemon juice; keep moving the stewpan, without using a spoon, as that would break the beans. When the butter is melted, and all is thoroughly hot, serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
27g
39%
Saturated Fat
10g
42%
Cholesterol
178mg
59%
Carbohydrate, by difference
15g
12%
Protein
59g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
13µg
2%
Vitamin B-12
5µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
3µg
3%
Calcium, Ca
61mg
6%
Choline, total
143mg
34%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
42µg
11%
Iron, Fe
7mg
39%
Magnesium, Mg
48mg
15%
Niacin
12mg
86%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
473mg
68%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
58µg
100%
Sodium, Na
294mg
20%
Water
122g
5%
Zinc, Zn
13mg
100%

French Shopping Tip

Ingredients like olive oil, shallots, mustard, cream, stock, and butter will help bring French flavors to your cooking.

French Cooking Tip

French cuisine is renowned for slow-cooked sauces, however a quick pan sauce will do just as well; after sautéing a piece of meat or fish, remove it from the pan, deglaze with brandy or wine, finish with a touch of butter or cream and voilà!