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Slow Cooked Southern Style Green Beans

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French style green beans, better known as Haricots Verts, are a very thin variety and the perfect choice for my Slow Cooked Southern Style Green Beans. I’ve made green beans with tomatoes many times and over the years, adding this and leaving out that, but now I’ve tweaked this recipe and it’s perfect. I think it’s my choice of spices and aromatics that puts a unique twist on these Slow Cooked Southern Style Green Beans and gives it complexity and depth of flavor.

I love cumin because of its grassy and earthy flavor so I decided to add this spice to my recipe. It made a HUGE difference!

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yields: 6 servings
Equipment: 5-quart saucepot, 2 large mixing bowls, spider

Ingredients:
2 pounds of French-style green beans (*Haricots Verts)
2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil (substitute any neutral oil)
1 sweet onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 15-ounce can of diced fire-roasted tomatoes and their juice
1 1/2 cups of water
1 tablespoon of ground cumin
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon of dried oregano
1 tablespoon of dried rosemary
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper

Directions:
Start by going through the beans and cutting off the root ends. In a pot of boiling salted water *blanch the beans for 1 to 2 minutes, then immediately transfer to an ice bath. This sets the beautiful green color. Transfer the green beans to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain any excess water. Pat dry with a kitchen towel and place into a large bowl.

In a saucepot over medium heat add grapeseed oil. To that, add ground cumin allowing the spice to melt into the oil. This will give the cumin a chance to *bloom. Once you can smell the aroma from the cumin add the diced onions and the cayenne pepper. Cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes until onions have softened and become translucent. Next, add the diced bell green peppers, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper, continue stirring and cooking for another 3 to 5 minutes. Next, into the pot, add the dried oregano and rosemary. Rub these spices through your fingers to release its flavor as you drop them into the pot, stir through. Finally, add the minced garlic and continue stirring.

Add the *blanched green beans, can of diced fire-roasted tomatoes along with the juice, and water. Stir all the ingredients together while bringing the green beans up to a boil. Turn down to a simmer cooking uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and cover until ready to serve. Enjoy my Slow Cooked Southern Style Green Beans with your next meal.

Serve hot.

*Haricots Verts: Usually known as French beans are a thinner and shorter variety.

*To Blanch: Blanching is a cooking process wherein a food, usually fruit or vegetable, is scalded in boiling water. Removed after a brief, timed interval and finally plunged into iced water (shocking or refreshing) to halt the cooking process.

*Bloom: The process of gently frying spices in oil. It’s a quick way to deepen their flavor. Cook just until the spices smell nice and toasty; any longer and you risk burning them.

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Sautéed Haricots Verts With Toasted Almonds

 

Haricots Verts With Almonds

Being a lover of all types of beans, I’d have to say the most elegant of them all, the Haricots Verts. These are the fancy French-style string beans you may see served alongside an extravagant entrée in a restaurant. Not any more! Haricots Verts are available in most grocery stores today.

Recipe for my Sautéed Haricots Verts With Almonds pairs perfectly with chicken, fish, pork, or steak and is super delicious.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes
Yields: 2 to 4 servings
Equipment: 3-quart saucepot, colander, 12-inch sauté pan, large mixing bowl, large serving bowl

Ingredients:
1 pound of Haricots Verts, trimmed
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 small shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup of slivered almonds, toasted
1 large sprig of fresh dill, optional

Directions:
Over medium heat add the slivered almonds in a single layer to a dry sauté pan. Heat them, stirring or tossing them frequently until they turn golden brown and start to smell around 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Start by washing the beans in a colander. Next, line the beans so all the stems are laying in the same direction, cutting off (the ugly end) the tops. After they’re all cleaned, place all the green beans in 3 quarts boiling salted water to *blanch for 2 to 3 minutes. Using a pair of tongs or spider, transfer the beans immediately into an *ice bath. This will shock the beans, stopping the cooking process and set their vibrant green color.

When the beans no longer feel warm to touch, drain in a colander and dry thoroughly with paper towels.

In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add olive oil, swirl to coat. Add sliced shallots and sliced garlic, Kosher salt, and black pepper. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until shallots are translucent and tender.

Add the Haricot Verts, cook for another 5 minutes or until lightly charred, stirring occasionally. Toss in the toasted slivered almonds, stir to combine.

Transfer the Sautéed Haricots Verts With Toasted Almonds to a large serving bowl. Serve hot.

To *blanch is the process that stops enzyme actions which can cause loss of flavor, color, and texture. Further, it cleanses the surface of dirt and organisms, brightens the color, and helps prevent loss of vitamins.

*ice bath is a combination of water and ice. It’s used to quickly stop the cooking process, especially when blanching or parboiling ingredients.

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