- 500g runner beans, trimmed and sliced
Runner beans have been growing in South America for over 2,000 years, and are a popular garden…
- 2 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 2 shallots, thinly sliced into rings
Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…
- 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
- small bunch chives, chopped
Cook the beans in boiling salted water for 2-3 mins until tender, drain and set aside. Heat the oil in a small pan, fry the garlic until pale golden, then add the beans and season. Add the shallots and stir to combine, then remove from the heat. Serve warm or at room temperature drizzled with Sherry vinegar and sprinkled with chives.
Preparing runner beans
Runner beans are often overlooked because they have a reputation for being stringy. If you choose them as fresh as possible, and lightly shave the sides with a potato peeler to get rid of the tough string that runs down the outside edge, they’ll be as tender as any other green bean.