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.
Southern Living NOVEMBER 2004
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.
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.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Spike's Seasoning.
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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