GREEN BEANS WITH BASIL ... Haricots Verts au Basilic
Cuisine: vegetarian
Author: Mrs Butterfingers
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 7 mins
Total time: 17 mins
Fresh green beans, basil, and seasonings creates a vegetable dish or a first course.
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup coarse sea salt
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed (both ends if desired)
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, tightly packed, cut into a chiffonade
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • fine sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • a few red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Prepare a large bowl of ice water.
  2. Fill the pasta pot with about 5 quarts of water and bring to a boil over high heat.
  3. Add the coarse sea salt and the beans, and cook ntil crisp-tender, about 3 - 5 minutes. (Cooking time will vary, according to the size and tenderness of the beans.)
  4. Immediately remove the colander from the water, allow the water to drain from the beans, and plunge the colander with the beans into the ice water so they cool down as quickly as possible. (The beans will cool in 1 to 2 minutes. If you leave them longer, they will become soggy and begin to lose flavour.)
  5. Drain the beans and wrap them in a thick towel to dry. (the beans can be cooked up to 4 hours in advance. Keep them wrapped in the towel and refrigerate if desired.)
  6. At serving time, place the beans in a large frying pan over medium heat.
  7. Add the basil and the oil. Warm the mixture, tossing to coat the beans, l to 2 minutes. Season to taste. Serve warm.
Recipe by Mrs. Butterfingers at http://mrsbutterfingers.com/?p=2794