Tossing green beans in a delicious mustard-seed butter makes for a quick and easy side dish. Slideshow:  More Green Bean Recipes 

Marcia Kiesel
November 2003

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Credit: © Fredrika Stjärne

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total:
30 mins
Yield:
4 to 6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large skillet, toast the mustard seeds over moderately high heat, shaking the pan frequently, until they pop and start to brown, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a plate and let cool.

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  • Add the shallots, sherry vinegar and water to the skillet and simmer over moderately low heat until the liquid is reduced to 1 1/2 teaspoons, about 7 minutes. Add the cream and simmer over moderate heat until thickened, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and let cool to room temperature, then stir in the butter, mustard and toasted mustard seeds. Season with salt and pepper.

  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the green beans until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Drain the beans, pat dry and transfer to a large bowl. Add the mustard-seed butter, season with salt and pepper; toss and serve.

Make Ahead

The mustard-seed butter can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 1 month. Let the butter return to room temperature before using. The cooked green beans can be refrigerated overnight; blanch in boiling water or steam until heated through.

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