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Basic Sautéed Green Beans Recipe

Basic Sautéed Green Beans
Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: | Active Time: | Makes: 6 to 8 servings

Blanched green beans are sautéed with a little vinegar and parsley for a bright-tasting, easy side dish. Serve with rich dishes like potato gratin or brick chicken.

This recipe was featured as part of our Thanksgiving for Beginners menu.

INGREDIENTS
  • Salt
  • 2 pounds green beans
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped Italian parsley
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, prepare an ice water bath by filling a large bowl halfway with ice and water. Remove the stems from the green beans. Peel, halve, and thinly slice the onion.
  2. Place the beans in the boiling water and cook until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Drain and immediately place in the ice water bath until cooled. Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat until shimmering. Add the sliced onion and cook until caramelized and golden, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the reserved green beans, vinegar, and sugar. Cook, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved, about 2 minutes. Stir in the parsley, taste, and season with additional salt and pepper as needed.