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January 17, 2010

Green Beans with Ham and Shallots or is it Greens Eggs and Ham?

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Dr.Seuss would be proud!

This is a simple recipe that is a spin off of Dr. Seuss’s, Green Eggs and Ham. The browned shallots, cured ham and of course the butter (oh the butter!) makes this French based accouterment full of flavor and delicious.  The shallots are not over powering and their delicate flavor is the catalyst for the full and round flavor.

Be careful when you blanch the beans. Do not over cook them. You want to keep the beans crisp because you will be sautéing them later. Pair this side dish with any poultry, beef or even pork entree. If your friends and family are similar to mine them will love this side dish as much as the entree.

Enjoy!

Green Beans with Ham and Shallots

serves 8-10

Ingredients

3 lbs. of fresh green beans, cut the stem ends

6 Tbsp. unsalted butter

6 oz. thin sliced shallots (they look similar to onions), don’t get this mixed up with scallions (otherwise known as green onions)

¼ cooked ham, cut into slivers (you can use the ham you purchase from the deli)

salt and freshly ground pepper

Fill a covered large pot to half full with water. Salt it lightly and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the green beans and cook about five minutes. You want them tender yet crisp. Remove from the water and rinse with cool water. Drain and set aside.

In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, melt the 4 Tbsp. of butter. When the butter’s foam begins to subside it is hot enough to add the shallots (Thank you Julia). Stir frequently until the shallots begin to brown, about five minutes. Add the remaining butter, the beans and ham. Stir and toss until thoroughly mixed and heated, about five minutes (everything in this recipe seems to be about five minutes!).

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a platter and served.

That’s a wrap!


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