Green Beans with Browned Butter

Classic green beans get a special touch with browned butter, pecans and lemon peel.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 25 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

3/4
lb fresh green beans, cut in half
2
tablespoons butter (do not use margarine or vegetable oil spreads)
2
tablespoons chopped pecans
1
teaspoon grated lemon peel

  • 1 In 2-quart saucepan, place beans in 1 inch of water. Heat to boiling. Boil uncovered 6 to 8 minutes or until crisp-tender (they shouldn't be "squeaky" when you bite into one); drain. Keep warm.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Be careful not to let butter burn or it will taste bitter. Stir in pecans. Heat, stirring constantly, until butter is golden brown. (If bottom of saucepan is dark, it may be difficult to see the difference between brown butter and burnt butter. Try spooning a little of the butter onto a white plate to see the color more clearly.) Immediately remove from heat. Pour butter mixture over beans; toss to coat. Sprinkle with lemon peel.

Expert Tips

The milk solids in butter brown when cooked, developing a wonderful nutty flavor and aroma that complements vegetables and meats.

You can use frozen green beans in this recipe if fresh are unavailable.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
70
(
Calories from Fat
50),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
6%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
10mg
10%;
Sodium
30mg
30%;
Total Carbohydrate
3g
3%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
1g
1%
),
Protein
0g
0%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%;
Vitamin C
2%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.