Plant Oriented Cooking

RECIPE: French String Beans with Shallots

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  • 3/4 pound (12 ounces) haricots verts (French string beans)
  • 2 large shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • About 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Sauté the shallots, stirring frequently, until soft and mellow, about 8 minutes.
  2. Add the haricots verts, salt and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of the water and cook, stirring frequently, until the water evaporates, 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of water and continue cooking until the beans are tender and the pan is completely dry, 5-6 minutes.
  5. Test the beans for doneness.
  6. If they need more cooking time, add a bit more water and cook until done.
  7. Cook off any remaining liquid in the pan before serving, otherwise the flavor will be diluted.
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper.




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