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Green Beans Gremolata

Green Beans Gremolata

This is another recipe I found in the Barefoot Contessa Foolproof cookbook. I served these tasty green beans with the Lemon and Mustard Chicken Thighs and the Lemony Spinach with Feta and Pine Nuts. They tasted fresh and delicious. I loved the flavor of the garlicky gremolata and pine nuts with the tender green beans. We all enjoyed this side dish – even my kids.

Green Beans Gremolata

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the green beans and blanch them for 1-2 minutes (I used haricot verts, if you use green beans, blanch for 2-3 minutes), until tender but still crisp. Drain the green beans and then dunk them immediately into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process and preserve their bright green color. Drain once the beans have cooled down then set aside on paper towels to drain the water.

To make the gremolata, combine the garlic, lemon zest, parsley, Parmesan, and pine nuts together in a small bowl and set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium high heat. Add the beans to the hot pan and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, then sauté, stirring often, for 2 minutes, until coated with olive oil and heated through. Place the green beans on a serving platter then sprinkle with the gremolata. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Green Beans Gremolata

 

Green Beans Gremolata

Green Beans Gremolata

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1/4 lb green beans or haricot verts
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese finely grated
  • 1 tbsp toasted pine nuts
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the green beans and blanch them for 1-2 minutes (I used haricot verts, if you use green beans, blanch for 2-3 minutes), until tender but still crisp. Drain the green beans and then dunk them immediately into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process and preserve their bright green color. Drain once the beans have cooled down then set aside on paper towels to drain the water.
  • To make the gremolata, combine the garlic, lemon zest, parsley, Parmesan, and pine nuts together in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium high heat. Add the beans to the hot pan and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, then sauté, stirring often, for 2 minutes, until coated with olive oil and heated through. Place the green beans on a serving platter then sprinkle with the gremolata. Serve immediately. Enjoy.
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19 Comments

  1. I always like new ideas for beans and this sounds wonderful. Thanks. Have a good week Diane

  2. Such a lovely way to transform a simple dish!
    Kisses!

  3. A nice twist for a green bean recipe. This sounds really good.

  4. Fantastic suggestion Pam.
    I love gremolata!!
    Cheers,
    Lia.

  5. What a simple little side dish… I bet it tastes fantastic!!!

  6. I love this recipe. We make it all the time. So fresh!! I get tired of my traditional green bean recipes.

  7. wonderful idea! toasted pine nuts always surprise me with their punch of flavor, and it’d be perfect with green beans.

  8. That garlicky topping sounds so good! I feel like i could put it on top of any veggie and it would be great.

  9. Trevor is going to LOVE LOVE LOVE this, I copied this to my database for my green bean loving kid.