Green Beans with Brown Butter and Pine Nuts

It’s nice to find a recipe with a few ingredients–ones that you’ve used many times before—that creates a great new flavour. And if it doesn’t involve much more work, it’s even better.

That’s what happens here. When the butter is browned, it produces a nutty smell and flavour and is fantastic with these green beans. Adding the garlic and pine nuts doesn’t hurt either.

Here goes.

Get the butter and start it melting in a frying pan. I used a light coloured pan so it would be easier to see the progress and therefore be less likely to end up as burnt butter.

Heat the butter.

Heat the butter.

While the butter is browning, get the garlic.

Garlic.

Garlic.

Slice two cloves of garlic very thinly.

Sliced garlic.

Sliced garlic.

Get the pine nuts.

Untoasted pine nuts.

Untoasted pine nuts.

And brown them too.

Toasted pine nuts.

Toasted pine nuts.

The butter is browned.

Browned butter.

Browned butter.

Add the sliced garlic and toasted pine nuts plus salt and pepper to the butter. This smells very good.

Add the garlic and pine nuts to the browned butter.

Add the garlic and pine nuts to the browned butter.

While the butter was browning and the pine nuts were toasting and the garlic was being sliced, the green beans were being steamed.

Steamed green beans.

Steamed green beans.

Pour the butter-pine nut-garlic mixture over the green beans.

Green Beans With Brown Butter and Pine Nuts.

Green Beans With Brown Butter and Pine Nuts.

Green Beans With Brown Butter and Pine Nuts.

Green Beans With Brown Butter and Pine Nuts, served.

Green Beans With Brown Butter and Pine Nuts, served.

Here’s the recipe:
http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/green-beans-brown-butter


Green Beans With Brown Butter

Hands-on Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 6-8

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/3 cup (about 2 ounces) pine nuts
Kosher salt and pepper

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and cook until just tender, 3 to 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a skillet or small saucepan over medium heat. Stir with a wooden spoon as it starts to foam. Remove the butter from heat as soon as it begins to turn golden brown and smell nutty, about 1 minute.

Add the garlic, pine nuts, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Swirl the skillet over heat for 30 seconds more to coat the nuts. Spoon the mixture over the green beans and serve.

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