Mrs. Beeton's French-style Green Beans
Mrs. Beeton, the Original Domestic Goddess wrote her Book of Household Management back in 1861. Her recipes are still in use today.
- 4 cups green beans trimmed
- 1 tbsp. salt plus more to taste
- 1 pinch baking soda
- 3 ounces unsalted butter
- 1 pinch black pepper, freshly ground
- ½ large lemon juiced
- Cut each bean into 4-6 pieces, according to size, cutting them lengthways in a slanting direction, and, as they are cut, put them into cold water, with a small quantity of salt dissolved in it.
- Measure ½ gallon water into a saucepan, with salt and soda in the above proportion and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Put in the beans, keep them boiling quickly, with the lid uncovered, and be careful that they do not get smoked.
- When tender, which may be ascertained by their sinking to the bottom of the saucepan, take them up, throw them into a colander.
- Once drained, put them into a stewpan, and shake over the fire, medium heat, to dry away the moisture from the beans.
- When quite dry and hot, add the butter, salt, pepper, and lemon juice; keep moving the stewpan, without using a spoon, as that would break the beans. When the butter is melted, and all is thoroughly hot, serve.
Serving: 40gCalories: 190kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 2gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 1510mgPotassium: 256mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1293IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 1mg
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