The Basics: Haricot Verts

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Haricot Verts

Haricot verts, also known as French green beans, are young & tender vegetables that offer valuable benefits nutritionally. An excellent source of fiber, protein & vitamin C, they are low in calories & carbohydrates. When choosing them for purchase, look for blemish free beans with bright color. Many times, markets will offer them portioned in 8-ounce bags for purchase. Haricot verts are a lovely addition to spring meals ranging from Bourbon-Orange Baked Ham to Lemon-Herb Roasted ChickenLearn how to prep the beans properly for a variety of cooking applications. 

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How To Prep & Blanch Haricot Verts

Haricot verts are pretty versatile as they may be served as a simple side dish, with salads, accompany appetizers or arranged with other vegetables on a serving tray & offered with delicious dips. Cooking haricot verts for a short amount of time retains nutrients & brings out their rich, vibrant color. Unlike green beans, there is no string to remove as these are very tender vegetables. Simply snap the stem end away & place them in a colander then rinse well under cool water. The blanching process can be executed several hours in advance of a meal then finished quickly just before serving, if desired.

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Bring 1 quart of water to a boil in a Dutch oven over High heat. Meanwhile, fill a large bowl with water & ice. Drop the haricot verts into the boiling water & blanch 2 minutes. Drain & immediately plunge them into the ice bath to stop the cooking process. Drain once the beans are cold, about 5 minutes. Vigorously toss them around in the colander to release as much water as possible.

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