Runner beans with shallot butter

Runner beans with shallot butter

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(5 ratings)

Takes 15-20 minutes

Easy

Serves 6
A special twist to the under-rated fresh flavoured runner bean - serve with 'A good steak and kidney pie'

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition:

  • kcal70
  • fat6g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs4g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre2g
  • protein1g
  • salt0g
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Ingredients

  • 500g English runner beans
    Runner bean

    Runner bean

    Run-ner beens

    Runner beans have been growing in South America for over 2,000 years, and are a popular garden…

  • 25g butter
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 large shallots or 1 banana shallot (the long type shaped like a banana)
    Shallot

    Shallot

    shal-lot

    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 1 tsp golden caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar

Method

  1. Top, tail and remove the strings from the runner beans, then cut them diagonally into elongated diamond shapes.

  2. Melt the butter with the oil in a mediumsized frying pan over a low to medium heat. Tip in the shallots and fry them gently for about 8 minutes, or until soft and very slightly coloured. Stir occasionally.

  3. Meanwhile, bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook the beans for 3- 4 minutes until just tender. Drain well.

  4. Turn up the heat under the frying pan and add the sugar and vinegar to the shallots. Stir well and then leave to bubble for 1 minute. Toss the beans and the buttery shallots together, either in the frying pan or saucepan, depending on size. Serve in a warmed dish.

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Comments (4)

mrfrankowski's picture
5

Really good companion to Sunday roast. Tried yesterday and it's been a winner. I think it may work well with green beans, too.

Valperga's picture
5

A delicious side dish, and with a bread roll and some good butter, not a bad snack either.

nellyj's picture
3

A really easy and tasty way to serve runner beans.Will be doing this one again!

agfroggatt's picture
3

Always useful to have an alternative to use this vegetable

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