French-Style Green Beans Recipe

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French-Style Green Beans Recipe
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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.

Ready in
25 m
4
Servings
187
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.

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!

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
18g
27%
Sugar
3g
N/A
Saturated Fat
11g
55%
Cholesterol
46mg
15%
Protein
2g
4%
Carbs
8g
3%
Vitamin A
181µg
20%
Vitamin B6
0.1mg
7.4%
Vitamin C
16mg
27%
Vitamin D
0.3µg
0.1%
Vitamin E
0.9mg
4.6%
Vitamin K
17µg
21%
Calcium
46mg
5%
Fiber
3g
12%
Folate (food)
35µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
35µg
9%
Iron
1mg
6%
Magnesium
27mg
7%
Monounsaturated
4g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
0.8mg
3.8%
Phosphorus
45mg
6%
Polyunsaturated
0.8g
N/A
Potassium
231mg
7%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.1mg
6.7%
Sodium
300mg
12%
Trans
0.7g
N/A
Zinc
0.3mg
1.8%

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