Monday, October 28, 2013

Sauteed Snap Beans with Caramelized Shallots - 52 Simple but Next Level Dishes

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Beans... LOVE EM...

But sometimes I HATE EM!

Have you ever had that limp over cooked, oil soaked serving of green beans that just taste over cooked and day old?  Hate those.

But, have you ever had those snappy beans, Al Dente, just a little bit raw, enough to have a snap and crunch, but warm and cooked throughout?  Those are the ones I LOVE!

The surprising thing is that cooking them properly actually is easier than that oil soaked over cooked nonsense.

Only a few ingredients, Only a couple of quick flips or turns while on the heat and you have restaurant quality side dish.  It is always the simplest dishes that taste the best!


OK... Here's what I did...

Sauteed Snap Beans with Caramelized Shallots

  • 1 Pound Beans, ends trimmed
  • 1/2 small Shallot (those tiny onion like vegetables), cut into thin slices
  • 2 TBS PLUS 4 TBS Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
Cooking Directions
  1. Over medium low heat, in a large saute pan, add 2 TBS Olive Oil. Add the shallot slices and saute for about 20 minutes until the shallots begin to turn caramelized brown.
  2. Add additional 4 TBS of Olive Oil and raise heat to medium high.
  3. Add the Beans and mix with the oil to coat.
  4. Saute for 5 minutes, moving beans around constantly in order to heat evenly. For extra flair points, do that TV chef thing and flip the beans around the pan.
  5. Taste Test the beans and make sure they are heated throughout but still retain some of their snap.
  6. Salt and Pepper to taste
  7. Serve immediately, Serve HOT and ENJOY!
This is a wonderful simple dish.  Only draw back is that it needs to be served immediately after removing from heat.  Which is just about the right amount of time to "rest" meat before cooking... Like these Pork Chops with beans and sliced tomatoes.  Simple indeed but very tasty!


This simple recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Simple but Next Level Dishes"!

Kind of an odd title for these posts. But the longer sentence is... Simple recipes that are easy and inexpensive that will take your cooking to the next level... Things like easy pickled items (I always have a jar of Pickled Red Onions for sandwiches in my fridge). Or how about the easiest bread to make in the world... Beer Bread that is tasty on it's own but also makes a wonderful open face pizza style sandwich... With easy to make Tomato Sauce. Or how about Roasting Garlic for a spread on toast points for a unique appetizer. Infusing Oil with Herbs or spices or spicy peppers. Or how about making your own BBQ sauce. Nothing sets you apart as a grill master like setting out a jar of your own specialty BBQ Sauce.

You get the idea. These recipes are very simple, take very little time but will set you apart as a better cook...


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