Sunday, November 2, 2008

Green Beans w/ Brown Butter & Toasted Hazelnuts

Tender-crisp beans are topped with a nutty, toasted hazelnut butter.

1 ½ pounds green beans, stem ends snapped off
1 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 - ½ cup hazelnuts {or another nut}, skinless & chopped
salt and pepper

(1.) Add the green beans and teaspoon of salt to a large pot of boiling water. Cook until the beans are bright green and tender but a little crisp, about 4 minutes.
(2.) Drain beans in a colander and transfer to a warm serving dish.
(3.) While the beans are cooking, place the hazelnuts in a small skillet over medium heat. Toast for 2 – 3 minutes, just until fragrant. Transfer to a plate. Heat the butter in the skillet, stirring frequently for 3 minutes. Add the hazelnuts back into the butter and cook for 1 additional minute. Season with salt and pepper.
(4.) Drizzle the browned hazelnut butter evenly over the beans. Serve immediately
Preparation Time: 15 minutes Serves: 4 - 6

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