Green Beans With Shallots

The first step is a cooking technique called blanching. You cook the green beans just a little, and then stop the cooking process by plunging vegetables in cold water.

Yield: Makes 8 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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  • 2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 2 medium shallots, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons herb-vegetable seasoning blend
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Cook green beans in boiling salted water to cover 8 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain.
  2. Sauté shallots in hot oil in a large skillet over medium heat 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Add green beans, seasoning blend, and pepper; sauté until thoroughly heated. Serve immediately.
  3. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Spike's Seasoning.
  4. To make ahead: Wrap blanched green beans in a dry paper towel, and place in a large zip-top plastic bag. Chill up to 24 hours. Proceed with recipe as directed.
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