For some reason all sanity leaves me when shopping at the farmer's market. At my local grocery store, when shopping for green beans, I'll pick up a handful for the two of us, but at the farmers market it's at least two pounds. The only problem with this is that we have to eat beans for a least a week. Sometimes, I steam them other times I boil them with new potatoes - I'm just not to creative when it comes to cooking beans. I found a new way to cook them in the instruction and recipe book that came with my Cuisinart Food Processor. We've been eating them cooked this way for a couple of weeks now and have had hardly any leftovers! Another plus is that there is only 80 calories in a serving.
Not to pretty - but tastes pretty good!
French Cut Green Beans With Shallots
Makes 6 servings
Preparation: 15 to 20 minutes
1-1/2 pounds fresh green beans trimmed, and cut to fit feed tube horizontally
3 large shallots, peeled, and cut into 1-inch pieces
1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
6 tablespoons water
2-1/4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar*
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
- Insert the slicing disc. Place beans horizontally in large feed tube and process, using light pressure. Remove and reserve.
- Insert metal blade. Process shallots until finely chopped, about 5 seconds
- Warm oil in a 3-1/2 quart saute pan over medium heat. Add chopped shallots and saute until soft but not browned, about 2 minutes. Add green beans and saute for 3 to 4 minutes. Add water and reduce heat to low. Cover pan and cook until crisp tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add vinegar. Season with pepper and salt. Serve warm.
*Substitute a fruit flavored vinegar for a change of flavor.
I love the idea of being able to french fresh green beans. The amazing thing is that I have had this food processor for at least ten years and never used it in this way. Life is good - enjoy!