Haricots Verts with Lemon Nut Gremolata

Thanksgiving is almost here again. I love all the traditional flavors but I personally need something green and clean to cut the starches and richness. The flavors are so great but the colors of Thanksgiving are so…..beige. It doesn’t get any greener than Green Beans! Nathan Lane’s character, Albert, says it perfectly in Birdcage, (as they gesture to Albert’s pink socks) “These? Well, one does want a hint of color.”

Not only do we get color with the green beans, the gremolata adds a bright, cleansing freshness with the lemon zest and a snappy crunch from the pistachio nuts (green too!). Another great thing about this side dish is you are not fighting with your oven for space. Thanksgiving dinner can be quite a juggling act to get everything on the table and have it all be hot. Not a problem here. Make the green beans ahead of time, reheat on the stove and toss with the gremolata right before serving. Genius! And Green!

Haricots Verts Ingredients

Haricots Verts with Lemon Nut Gremolata. So fresh and clean tasting with a salty cheesy bite and a nutty crunch. I could eat a whole bowl of these for dinner! 

Blanch Beans

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add green beans and blanch 3 to 4 minutes, until tender but still crisp.

Ice Bath

Drain beans in a strainer and immediately put them in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking and preserve their bright green color. 

Pat Dry

Drain beans and pat dry so the butter will cling to the beans. Butter flavor is better than water!

Gremolata Ingredients

To make Gremolata, toss garlic, lemon zest, parsley, Parmesan, and pistachio nuts together in a small bowl and set aside. Set aside 1/4 of Gremolata to use as a garnish.

Saute Green Beans
When ready to serve, heat butter in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add beans to skillet and sauté 2 minutes, turning frequently, until coated with butter and heated though.

Gremolata
Add 3/4 of the Gremolata and toss well. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Add Gremolata
Place the green beans in a serving dish and sprinkle with the reserved Gremolata on top as a garnish. Serve hot.

Haricots Verts with Lemon Nut Gremolata
Serves 8
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
79 calories
5 g
8 g
5 g
3 g
2 g
98 g
266 g
1 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
98g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 79
Calories from Fat 46
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 2g
11%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 8mg
3%
Sodium 266mg
11%
Total Carbohydrates 5g
2%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
10%
Vitamin C
9%
Calcium
7%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 pounds French green beans (Haricots Verts), trimmed and cut in half
  2. 1/4 cup pistachio nuts, chopped
  3. 2 teaspoons garlic, finely minced (about 2 cloves)
  4. 1 Tablespoon lemon zest (from about 2 small lemons)
  5. 3 Tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, minced
  6. 3 Tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  7. 1 1/2 Tablespoons butter
  8. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add green beans and blanch 3 to 4 minutes, until tender but still crisp. Drain beans in a strainer and immediately put them in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking and preserve their bright green color. Drain beans and pat dry.
  2. To make Gremolata, toss garlic, lemon zest, parsley, Parmesan, and pistachio nuts together in a small bowl and set aside. Set aside 1/4 of Gremolata to use as a garnish.
  3. When ready to serve, heat butter in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add beans to skillet and sauté 2 minutes, turning frequently, until coated with butter and heated though.
  4. Add 3/4 of the Gremolata and toss well. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Place the green beans in a serving dish and sprinkle with the reserved Gremolata on top as a garnish. Serve hot.
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calories
79
fat
5g
protein
3g
carbs
5g
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