FRENCH BEANS IN BUTTER – HARICOTS VERTS AU BEURRE - VEGETARIAN DISH - HOW TO PREPARE
Another tasty way of cooking green beans. Also known as green string beans or runner beans – This Recipe comes from a book titled French Cooking by Eileen Reece.
1.3 kg (2.5 lb) very small French or runner (string) beans
75 g (3 oz) butter
30 ml parsley, finely chopped (fresh)
salt and black pepper to taste
In French cooking green beans are always left whole. For this reason they are picked and sold when very small. Home-grown green beans of any variety, even runer beans can be cooked whole in the French way if picked when no more than 7 cm (3″) long.
Wash the beans under cold running water and drain. Remove stems (top and tail). They should be small enough to have no strings.
Prepare a large pan with salted boiling water, drop in the beans when the water is at a steady rolling boil and boil for about 15 minutes (depending on size) but they should be slightly crisp in texture when served. When done,Drain thoroughly in colander. Add butter to a hot pan and when butter foams, toss in the beans, seasoning to taste and sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley. Toss until they are hot and all coated in butter. Serve and enjoy!