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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Green Beans with Lemon and Oil

Green Beans with Lemon and Oil

I'm back! Hope you all enjoyed your weekend. I had a nice time with my mom and sister up in the Bay Area, and I spent part of Sunday cooking up this lovely feast. We had an early dinner that consisted of sizzling shrimp with garlic, halibut with tomatoes (an Esi creation that unfortunately, I didn't get a very good picture of), these green beans, and the chocolate Valentino which I managed NOT to screw up this time around. One of the best parts of this meal was that it was really delicious, but quite simple to put together. My new goal is to have all my mise en place because I think that was a critical element in me having dinner on the table in less than an hour. I really have to remember to practice that more in my cooking. Anyway, dinner was delicious if I do say so myself. There were lots of nice, fresh spring flavors and everything complemented each other well. I suppose since I didn't get a good picture of the halibut, I am just going to have to make it again so I can share it with you.

Mother's Day Table

Green Beans with Lemon and Oil
(From Gourmet, March 2003)

Makes 4-6 servings

1 pound thin green beans such as haricot verts, trimmed
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, divided

Cook the beans in a large pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Drain in a colander and immediately transfer to an ice bath to stop the cooking. Drain and pat dry.

Toss the beans with oil, salt, and pepper to taste then add the lemon juice and half the zest. Serve beans sprinkled with the remaining zest.

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19 comments:

Diana said...

I'm so glad you had such a lovely Mother's Day and that all the food turned out well. You mother is lucky to have you as a daughter! :)

veggie belly said...

I'm always looking for different ways to make green beans. I always land up making them Indian style with some lentils and coconut. This is a nice, light way to cook beans - i love it! ...and that chocolate valentino sounds amazing!

Erica said...

What a beautiful and healthy meal. Great work!

Pearl said...

i like the green beans! :)

finsmom said...

What a beautiful looking table! Can I come over for dinner :)

I love green beans! I will be saving this recipe to try soon!

Mary said...

Your table looks beautiful and I love the recipe. Fast easy and great to look at..

Marta said...

Thanks for sharing your feast photos with us! Like you said, having everything prepped is key for having dinner ready in a short time. I like making ahead whatever components I can the day before (stocks, marinades, side dises, etc) and then that makes it WAY less stressful. I just found myself always rushing to get home to make dinner, now I can enjoy my 1.5 hr commute home! HAAHHAHA that will NEVER happen!

Heather said...

mmm. that all looks so good. i love green beans :)

Maria said...

I love fresh garden green beans! They look fantastic! Everything looks amazing!

ttfn300 said...

mise en place is key i think :) looks fabulous, lovely dinner for mom!

Reeni♥ said...

I'm glad you had a good time! And your entire meal sounds so delicious!! The green beans look great!

unconfidential cook said...

These just look so simple and so beautiful--absolutely perfect!

christine said...

You said lemon and I said "Yummmmmm". Oh ya, and what time is dinner? ;)

Esi said...

You guys are so sweet. Hope you all had a wonderful day!

Hillary said...

Beautiful Mother's Day table! Thanks for the new green bean recipe. I would like to also recommend this green bean and leek recipe from 101 cookbooks. It's great!

The Cooking Photographer said...

The picture of those green beans are so pretty. I must remember this shot.

I'm glad you had a great weekend with your family. That spread looks fantastic.

Esi said...

Hilary, thank you, I have already made that recipe. You can find it here: http://dishingupdelights.blogspot.com/2008/11/vibrant-greens.html

angela@spinachtiger said...

This is my favorite way to make green beans. Add some sliced boiled potatoes with same dressing, some sliced tomatoes and you could call that a complete meal.

I often forget how great green beans are, once cooked. They looks so ordinary in the store. You have made such a simple thing looks so fabulous.

The Food Librarian said...

So lovely!! What a great meal. So glad you had a good time with your mom.