Thursday, May 5, 2011

My Uncle Bob's Favorite Green Beans

I made these green beans for the first time on Christmas Eve and they were a HUGE hit! My Uncle Bob told me no less that 7 times that they were the best green beans he'd ever had. They are super easy, super delicious, and super healthy! Seriously, try them...

Also, they were the first recipe I've ever used a shallot in! If you've never cooked with a shallot before it's a cross between an onion and garlic. It's in a bulb like garlic, but the taste and smell is more similar to an onion. But the bonus of shallots is that they don't make you cry while cutting them up and they don't give you bad breath. Bonus!


  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for the cooking water
  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 1 large shallot
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Bring a medium pot of cold water to a boil over high heat and salt it generously. Trim the stem end off the green beans. Peel and finelychop the shallot.
Drop the green beans into the boiling water and cook, uncovered, until crisp tender, about 4 minutes. Drain in a colander set in the sink and rinse with very cold water until cool. Drain well and pat dry with paper towels. (The vegetables can be prepared up to this point, up to 4 hours ahead.)
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add theshallot and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallot is just golden, about 2 minutes. Add the green beans, increase the heat to high, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are heated through, about 4 minutes. Season with the 1/2 teaspoon salt and some pepper and serve immediately.

Best side dish ever! Enjoy!
Much Love,


  1. I just ordered 3# of green beans from the co-op so these are on my list to make!!!

  2. You will LOVE them! I need to get in on the co-op thing soon!