Green Beans Gremolata

This is another recipe I found in the Barefoot Contessa Foolproof cookbook. I served these tasty green beans with the Lemon and Mustard Chicken Thighs and the Lemony Spinach with Feta and Pine Nuts. They tasted fresh and delicious. I loved the flavor of the garlicky gremolata and pine nuts with the tender green beans. We all enjoyed this side dish – even my kids.

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the green beans and blanch them for 1-2 minutes (I used haricot verts, if you use green beans, blanch for 2-3 minutes), until tender but still crisp. Drain the green beans and then dunk them immediately into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process and preserve their bright green color. Drain once the beans have cooled down then set aside on paper towels to drain the water.

To make the gremolata, combine the garlic, lemon zest, parsley, Parmesan, and pine nuts together in a small bowl and set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium high heat. Add the beans to the hot pan and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, then sauté, stirring often, for 2 minutes, until coated with olive oil and heated through. Place the green beans on a serving platter then sprinkle with the gremolata. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

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Green Beans Gremolata

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 5 min.

Ingredients:

1/4 lb green beans or haricot verts
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbsp Parmesan cheese, finely grated
1 tbsp toasted pine nuts
2 tsp olive oil
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Directions:

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the green beans and blanch them for 1-2 minutes (I used haricot verts, if you use green beans, blanch for 2-3 minutes), until tender but still crisp. Drain the green beans and then dunk them immediately into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process and preserve their bright green color. Drain once the beans have cooled down then set aside on paper towels to drain the water.

To make the gremolata, combine the garlic, lemon zest, parsley, Parmesan, and pine nuts together in a small bowl and set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium high heat. Add the beans to the hot pan and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, then sauté, stirring often, for 2 minutes, until coated with olive oil and heated through. Place the green beans on a serving platter then sprinkle with the gremolata. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Barefoot Contessa - Foolproof

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18 Responses to “Green Beans Gremolata”

  1. 1

    Angie@Angie's Recipes — October 13, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

    They look so FRESH and beautiful.

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — October 13, 2013 @ 10:54 pm

    I love the simplicity of this recipe Pam. And they look so fresh and delicious! :)

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    Diane — October 14, 2013 @ 1:35 am

    I always like new ideas for beans and this sounds wonderful. Thanks. Have a good week Diane

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    lenia — October 14, 2013 @ 2:13 am

    Such a lovely way to transform a simple dish!
    Kisses!

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    Debbie — October 14, 2013 @ 3:42 am

    A nice twist for a green bean recipe. This sounds really good.

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    Lia — October 14, 2013 @ 3:47 am

    Fantastic suggestion Pam.
    I love gremolata!!
    Cheers,
    Lia.

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    Blond Duck — October 14, 2013 @ 5:00 am

    I love how you make veggies tasty.

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    Jenn — October 14, 2013 @ 5:27 am

    What a simple little side dish… I bet it tastes fantastic!!!

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    Katie — October 14, 2013 @ 8:32 am

    I love this recipe. We make it all the time. So fresh!! I get tired of my traditional green bean recipes.

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — October 14, 2013 @ 11:41 am

    Beautiful green bean recipe, loving the bright greens!

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    grace — October 14, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

    wonderful idea! toasted pine nuts always surprise me with their punch of flavor, and it’d be perfect with green beans.

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    Joanne — October 14, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    That garlicky topping sounds so good! I feel like i could put it on top of any veggie and it would be great.

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    Jovina Coughlin — October 14, 2013 @ 3:34 pm

    Great way to make green beans tasty.

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    Chris — October 14, 2013 @ 5:40 pm

    Trevor is going to LOVE LOVE LOVE this, I copied this to my database for my green bean loving kid.

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    gloria — October 14, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

    love this look delicious!!

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    The Café Sucre Farine — October 14, 2013 @ 6:58 pm

    I love the freshness of gremolata, but never thought to use it one green beans, this looks wonderful Pam!

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    Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness — October 14, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

    Looks like a great way to serve green beans.

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    pam (Sidewalk Shoes) — October 15, 2013 @ 3:53 am

    Hey, I had this marked to try in her cookbook! So glad it got your approval!

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