String/ Green Beans With Shallots

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

Courtesy Barefoot Contessa Family Style and are they yummy. Update: August 4/2008 . . .add some heat of some kind. I think that crushed red pepper flakes will add a great zing! or as per Bergy - "2 cloves of garlic crushed &/or 3/4 tsp chilli flakes".

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Blanch the string beans in a large pot of boiling salted water for 1-1/2 minutes only.
  2. Drain immediately and immerse in a bowl of ice water.
  3. Heat the butter and oil in a very large saute pan or large pot(12" diameter) and saute the shallots with crrushed red pepper flakes, if using, on medium heat for 5-10 minutes, tossing occasionally, until lightly browned.
  4. Drain the string beans and add to the shallots with 1/2 teaspoon salt and the pepper, tossing well.
  5. Heat only until the beans are hot.
  6. *If you are using regular string beans, blanch them for about 3 minutes, until they're crisp-tender.
Most Helpful

3 5

Made these for Thanksgiving. They were good but no one really raved. I love Ina but her beans were too crisp after this process for our liking. The seasoning lacked something too. I think next time more shallots, some garlic and cooking the beans longer till more tender. It was okay and a nice accompaniment to the other sides. Thanks for posting Manami. Enjoy! ChefDLH.

5 5

I REALLY liked these green beans. They are my second favorite green bean recipe now (next to Emeril Green's Green Beans with Pork and Garlic ( ). This will be a frequent addition to my table. Thanks for the recipe!
(...and for those who can't remember...shallots are the little brown bulbs that look like garlic.)

5 5

I also used green beans from the garden. I did not pre cook them and I recommend that you follow the recipe. The recipe was good and I would make it again but I would add a bit of garlic or chili. I think for most folks the recipe is great as it is but lacked a bit of zip for my taste buds. Thanks for posting DiScharf. Made again 12 Dec 2010 Used loads of shallots, steamed the beans for 5 minutes, used 1 tsp chili flakes and we loved it