Cooking the beans in salted water helps them retain a bright green color. Serve beans chilled or at room temperature.
2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt, divided
1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
3 tablespoons crème fraîche
2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted
How to Make It
Cook beans 5 minutes or until crisp-tender in boiling water with 1 3/8 teaspoons salt. Drain and plunge beans into ice water. Drain and pat dry.
Combine remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, chives, and next 4 ingredients (through pepper) in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add beans to mustard mixture; toss. Divide beans evenly among 4 plates; top each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons almonds.
Not bad. I can't say it's blindingly brilliant, but it's fairly quick and easy and makes an acceptable side dish. I used crema mexicana because there was no creme fraiche in two stores. Seems like a fine sub. Basically this comes out like a green bean salad. I thought it was a decent side for a summer BBQ plate featuring grilled pork tenderloin, corn on the cob, and corn muffins.
After reading the reviews, I was excited to try this. I even bought the creme fraiche. I made it exactly as written, but was disappointed. It was extremely bland. I think if I made it again, I would at least double the mustard.
Very good. Only change was to use sour cream instead of creme fraiche. Great flavor and so simple to prepare. Definitely a keeper. Served with B.A. Halibut Fish Sticks, with CL Bacon-Tomato Butter and roasted fingerling potatoes.
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