Fresh parsley and fried shallots perfectly complement a side of green beans! Diana Yen of the Jewels of New York shares her recipe for green beans with a crunch — one part of a family-style dinner designed for slow, soulful grazing.


Haricots Verts with Crispy Shallots

serves 8-10

Crispy Shallots

    4 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
    2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    peanut oil, for frying
  1. Toss sliced shallots in the flour until lightly coated; set aside until ready to use.
  2. In a medium pan, add peanut oil, about 1 inch deep.
  3. Over medium heat, warm the oil to 325°ree; or until a drop of water sizzles in the pan.
  4. Gently drop the shallots into the oil and fry until golden brown, 1-2 minutes.
  5. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the shallots to a paper towel-lined plate; set aside until ready to serve.

Haricots Verts

    2½ pounds haricots verts, ends trimmed
    ½ stick unsalted butter
    1½ tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    ½ teaspoon salt
    ¼ teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
    1 cup crispy shallots (recipe above!)
  1. Have a large bowl with ice water ready.
  2. Fill a large pot with water and a generous pinch of salt; bring to a boil and add haricots verts.
  3. Blanch until crisp and tender, 2-3 minutes; drain immediately and place beans into the ice water.
  4. Drain once more and pat dry; refrigerate until ready to use. (Can be done a day ahead.)
  5. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat.
  6. Add garlic and cook uncovered until golden and fragrant, 2-3 minutes.
  7. Add the blanched haricots verts and stir until well combined and heated through.
  8. Sprinkle with parsley and crispy shallots.
  9. Serve warm or at room temperature.


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