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"I blanch the green beans and make the gremolata in advance, storing them separately in the refrigerator. Then, just before dinner, I'll reheat the beans and toss on the gremolata." —Ina Garten
Makes 4 to 6 servings
DirectionsTotal time: 20 minutes
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add green beans and blanch 2 to 3 minutes, until tender but still crisp. Drain beans in a colander and immediately put them in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking and preserve their bright green color.
Place pine nuts in a dry sauté pan over low heat and cook 5 to 10 minutes, stirring often, until lightly browned. Set aside.
To make gremolata, toss garlic, lemon zest, parsley, Parmesan, and pine nuts together in a small bowl and set aside.
When ready to serve, heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Drain beans and pat dry. Add beans to skillet and sauté, turning frequently, 2 minutes, until coated with olive oil and heated through. Remove from heat, add gremolata, and toss well. Sprinkle with ¾ tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. pepper to taste and serve hot.
Recipe adapted from Barefoot Contessa Foolproof. Copyright © 2012 by Ina Garten. To be published by Clarkson Potter on October 30, 2012.
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