Tuesday, January 11, 2011

eating my vegetables: haricots verts

Haricots verts.  Ha!  Just a fancy way to say GREEN BEANS.  You think the five year old will eat them if I call them haricot verts?  (The answer is NO, she most definitely will not.)  But anyway...

My good friend Allison brought a side dish of haricots verts to our Christmas Eve party.  Guests were raving about them.  Yes, that's right, raving about green beans after I'd slaved all day over the rest of the meal. Whatever.  They really are that good.  When I made this yesterday, I added a little lemon (zest and juice) to jazz them up a bit as I'm a huge fan of citrus.  Quick, easy, and delicious.  What's better than that?

Stay tuned for what to do with leftovers from this recipe.  (Just double it and trust me.)

Alli's Haricots Verts
1 pound haricots verts
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar (I used red wine vinegar as that's all I had.)
1 shallot minced
juice from half a lemon
zest from one lemon

Steam or boil beans.  (I boiled them for 5 minutes.)  Whisk together the rest of the ingredients except lemon zest. Add salt and pepper to taste.  Toss with beans.  Top with lemon zest.  Enjoy immediately or serve at room temp. (You can also top with chopped nuts.  I think pecans would be fab.)


  1. These look AMAZING. I shall try this recipe ASAP.

  2. Yay! Loving these recipes. I'm definitely making this- this week (and doubling it:).

    I was just going to send you an email telling you that I tried the last one- zucchini... delicious! Oh- and Rao's too!! Finally broke down and bought a bottle. It is AS GOOD as you say. And I just discovered that my Target does carry it, so I am on a mission to find it discounted.

    Had the zucchini last night with pasta and panko chicken tenders... all covered in that delicious sauce- Mmmmm. (and making again right now for lunch!)

  3. Yum...I love haricots verts ;) too bad my son won't be fooled either.

  4. When we watch "Chopped" I'm always yelling at the TV - "Green Beans! Green beans! Calling them green beans in french doesn't make them any more fancy!".

    Getting that out of my system, Miss Monks regards anything green with suspicion so changing the name wouldn't get her to eat them, either. I hope having her see her parents eat veggies enthusiastically will at some point help her overcome her aversion. Although I can get her to eat her turnips and black beans, so yay?

  5. these look delish!!! must try for sure.

  6. can you please continue to posts recipes like this? I love this...I bet the dijon mustard adds so much flavor. a definite must try!

  7. yummy!!! loving this post...will try the recipes tomorrow for sure1...and can you please sooooooo continue to posts recipes like this?

  8. Yummy!! "haricot verts" has been a joke in our house since my husband asked a waiter once what they were and pronounced it "haricot verts"...phonetically, not in French. I am not really making any sense..hopefully you get what I mean. :D