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.
Servings 4 servings
- 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: 40g | Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 1510mg | Potassium: 256mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1293IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg