If you are a vegetable consumer in the Unites States you most likely have tried green beans and while we do love them, we are here to tell you that they have a relative that can make your feasts even more memorable, the French bean. French beans are delicious year-round but, most notably, they are a staple at holiday celebrations from Thanksgiving through Christmas.
Sometimes referred to as Haricot verts, French beans are longer, thinner, sweeter and more tender than an American green bean. They are also more delicate and cook up quicker. You can find them bagged and trimmed at your local supermarket. Crystal Valley French beans are available in an array of sizes and microwaveable packs, making them even more convenient for this busy time of year.
So, this year, instead of reaching for your typical green bean for your casseroles and sides, switch it up and go for the Haricot verts. Your guests and tummy will thank you!
There are a variety of ways to prepare French beans and they can be simple too! Remember to clean and trim your French beans before preparing if you did not purchase them ready to eat.
SAUTE: Heat a tablespoon of olive oil. Add the French beans, garlic, and salt and cook until tender.
BAKE: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Drizzle the French beans with olive oil and salt. Lay the beans on a baking sheet and cook for 15 – 25 minutes. When they are done, you can add butter and serve.
BOIL: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 1 tbsp. salt, and freshly trimmed and washed French beans. Once the water comes to a boil again, turn down the heat and simmer for about 3-4 minutes or until tender (but still crisp). Once done, drain the water and remove beans. Season with salt and pepper.
STEAM: Put a steamer basket in a saucepan filled with a couple of inches of water. Next, add the French beans to the basket. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium and cover. Cook for about 5 minutes or until tender and crisp.
MICROWAVE: Crystal Valley offers French beans in a convenient microwaveable bag. All you have to do it follow the directions on the bag and throw it in the microwave.
French Bean Casserole
If you are looking to make your famous Green Bean Casserole this year, try it with French beans instead!