Get ready: This will become your new favorite way to do green beans. We love the light anise flavor of tarragon, but you could use any herb you like--try parsley, chives, or thyme.
8 ounces washed and trimmed fresh green beans
1 1/2 teaspoons butter
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
How to Make It
Heat a medium, heavy skillet (not nonstick) over high heat for 2 minutes.
Coat pan with cooking spray. Immediately add green beans to pan, shaking them into a single layer; cook, without stirring, 2 minutes or until beans are very lightly charred. Cook beans 5 more minutes or until crisp-tender and evenly charred, tossing occasionally.
Remove pan from heat. Let beans rest 1 minute. Add butter; toss until butter melts and coats beans. Add vinegar; toss. Turn on heat if necessary to evaporate most of liquid. Sprinkle beans with tarragon and salt; toss. Serve immediately.
Pan-Charred Asparagus: In place of green beans, use 8 ounces (2 1/2-inch) pieces of trimmed asparagus. Use 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted walnut oil in place of butter and 2 teaspoons lemon juice in place of vinegar. After tossing asparagus with tarragon and salt, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon chopped, toasted walnuts and 2 tablespoons shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Serves 4 (serving size: about 2/3 cup)
Calories 52; Fat 4 g (sat 7g); Sodium 160mg
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Good; pretty basic. Not sure we are fans of tarragon so might do thyme next time. I actually added the vinegar at the last minute of cooking, let it cook off, then turned off the heat and added the butter and herb.
I made this for the first time the other night and my husband and I just loved it! This is my new favorite vegetable dish - I am making it again on Friday night. The tarragon and cider vinegar pair so well with the green beans and the pan charring is such a simple way to cook the beans. Try it, you will love it!