2 pounds fresh green beans
1/4-1/2 cup of broken nut meats or pine nuts
salt and pepper
Grab either two pounds of fresh green beans, or a bag of the frozen haricots verts (the little skinny french green beans), prepare them for cooking and make sure you have some shallots and some pecans or pine nuts on hand.
In a heavy skillet, stir-fry 2-3 shallots, peeled and sliced, in 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil until they begin to brown. Shallots brown very nicely. Then add 1/4-1/2 cup of broken nut meats or pine nuts – your choice! Pecans and pine nuts have a slightly sweet flavor and are the best for this purpose. Stir fry for another minute, then add the green beans and some salt and fresh pepper. Stir fry until the beans are cooked to your liking, adding 1/3 cup of water to the pan to loosen the tasty shallot material that is stuck to the bottom.
This dish goes well with almost any meat course, and of course it goes well with rice!