A fabulous french recipe, that can be eaten as a side or as a main. I had it last week as my main lunch and it was incredibly delicious. I usually just blanche the beans so this is what I will show you today but if you like your beans cooked any other way may this not deter you from making this dish.
(for 2 as a main)
300 gr green beans (haricots verds in french)
120 gr of bacon, cut in small cubes
2 small shallots or 1 medium white onion
salt and pepper to taste
Cut the tops of the beans, wash well. Blanch your beans: bring to the boil a large stock pot with salted water. When the water is boiling add the beans and cook for 3-4 minutes. Take out of the heat, drain and place them in a bowl with very cold water (or ice cold water) so you completely stop the cooking process. Leave them for 5-7 minutes. Drain again and dry.
Prepare your onion and bacon. Cut the onion in round thin slices. Heat 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil in a pan over medium heat, when warm enough cook the onion for 2-3 minutes until soften, add the bacon and cook until it's golden. Season with salt and pepper as you like. Add the cooked beans and mix all well for 2-3 more minutes.