green beansBusy weeknights often leave little time for preparing dinner. The secret to getting a meal together quickly is planning ahead. Typical plan-ahead meals are focused on the main course. You can also prep vegetables in advance to save time as well. Restaurant chefs love to blanch vegetables beforehand, because they can be sautéed quickly prior to serving. The technique also works well at home, especially for dinner parties, because having par-cooked vegetables handy allows you to get them to the table faster. If you decide to blanch vegetables, don’t skip shocking them in ice water, as it sets the green color and stops them from overcooking. Pat dry with clean towels before sautéing so they take on a nice sear. Blanched vegetables can be refrigerated for up to 2 days before finishing them in a skillet.

Sautéing vegetables in butter adds richness and depth of flavor to a simple green bean side dish. If you prefer, substitute pecans, walnuts, or almonds for the pine nuts. While toasting the nuts isn’t necessary, it does bring out their flavor.

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Green Beans with Lemon, Garlic, and Pine Nuts
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Green Beans with Lemon, Garlic, and Pine Nuts
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Ingredients
  • 1 pound green beans trimmed
  • kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 lemon
  • grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese optional
  • red pepper flakes optional
Instructions
  • Fill a large bowl with ice water and set aside. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil, add the green beans and a few generous pinches of salt, and blanch the green beans until their color brightens, 30 to 60 seconds.
  • Drain the green beans in a colander, then plunge them into the ice water to stop the cooking. Drain again and set aside on a paper towel-lined plate to dry.
  • Place a large skillet over medium heat, add the pine nuts, and toast them, shaking the pan often, until they are lightly browned and fragrant. Transfer the pine nuts to a small plate to cool.
  • Add the butter and oil to the skillet and reduce the heat to medium-low. Once the butter is melted, add the blanched green beans. Season with salt and cook, stirring often, until the green beans begin to brown in spots, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds (don’t let the garlic brown). Turn off the heat and squeeze the lemon over the beans.
  • Transfer the green beans to a platter and serve sprinkled with toasted pine nuts, cheese, and red pepper flakes (if desired).

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