Wild Mushrooms, Frenchified Green Beans and Shallot Saute

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

From Bon Appetit October 2005. Success depends completely on the freshest ingredients used.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3 large shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh lemon thyme or 1 teaspoon fresh summer savory
  • 1 14 lbs fresh wild mushrooms (read *NOTE)
  • 12 lb brown button mushroom, thickly sliced
  • 13 cup madeira wine
  • 34 lb French haricots vert, ends trimmed (or any small, slender green beans)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh low sodium vegetable broth or 3 tablespoons fresh chicken stock
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper


  1. *NOTE: Suggested mushrooms for this dish: portobellas, chanterelles, shiitake, oyster, etc.
  2. In a large pot over medium-high heat melt 1/4 cup butter. Add the shallots and thyme, sauteing until shallots begin to brown, approximately 4 minutes.
  3. Add the mushrooms; season with salt and pepper. Saute the mushroom mixture only until the juices evaporate, about 8-10 minutes. Do not overcook. The mushrooms should NOT be slimy!
  4. Next add the Madeira, tossing with all the ingredients until evaporated, about 1 minute longer. Set pan aside- off burner.
  5. In a medium-sized pot of boiling, lightly salted water blanch the haricots until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water to halt cooking. Drain.
  6. Return pan of mushroom mixture to burner and add remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. Stir in the haricots verts. Toss the vegetables over medium-high heat until the butter has melted and vegetables are heated through, about 2-3 minutes.
  7. If mixture is too dry, add some vegetable or chicken broth 1 tablespoon at a time.
  8. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Transfer vegetables to serving dish and garnish with thyme or summer savory sprig if desired.
Most Helpful

These were wonderful, i made them with fresh black trumpet, lobster and porcini mushrooms.

MarraMamba August 08, 2009