Green Beans with Shallots
If using French green beans (they are very thin), cooking time will be shorter, see recipe.
1 lb. green beans (French or regular), washed and ends removed
1 c. water
2 T. butter
2 large shallots, large-diced
salt and pepper, to taste
Fill a large bowl with ice water and set aside.
In a large sauté pan (or fry pan, or skillet, whatever you have that has a lid), bring 1 c. water to a boil. Add green beans and cook for 2 minutes if using French green beans, 4 minutes if using other green beans.
Drain beans and place them in the ice water. Pour our any remaining water and place the pan back on the stove.
Over medium-high heat, heat butter until melted. Add shallots and cook until lightly browned, about 5-10 minutes. Remove beans from ice water and add to the shallots, stirring until hot. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Source: Adapted from Ina Garten's "Barefoot Contessa Family Style"