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Basil Green Beans

Basil Green Beans

1 lb. green beans, trimmed
2 Tbsp. pine nuts or sliced almonds
3 Tbsp. minced basil or fresh flat-leaf parsley, whichever is in season
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 Tbsp. of lemon zest
2 ½ Tbsp. Basil Oil, plus more for drizzling
Salt and pepper

Blanch green beans in boiling water for 2-3 minutes until tender but crisp. Drain and immediately plunge in a bowl of ice water. Keep in water until ready to serve.

Toast nuts in a dry pan over medium-low heat 5 - 10 minutes, stirring often, until lightly browned, and remove from heat.   Make gremolata by mixing garlic, lemon zest, parsley or basil, and pine nuts together in a small bowl and set aside.

When ready to serve, heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat.  Drain beans and pat dry.  Add beans to skillet and sauté, turning frequently, for 2 minutes, until coated with olive oil and heated through. Remove from heat, add gremolata, nuts, drizzle with Basil Oil, and toss well. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. of kosher salt, taste, and add more if necessary. Add pepper to taste, and serve hot.

photo credit: erin scott.  Recipe from Blog "Yummy Supper."

Works well with

Basil Oil 225 ml
The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters
Basil Oil 500 ml
Basil Oil 225 ml The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters Basil Oil 500 ml

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