Green Beans w/ Hazelnuts & Creme Fraiche

Now that the weather is getting a bit cooler, it's time to put away the tomatoes, corn and zucchini and think of some other vegetables. I like to think of green beans. They are ready and at the farmers markets now.
(It will be butternut squash time before you know it.......but I am not ready yet).

Not much to say about this dish except that it was a great side to roast chicken the other night. Simple and fresh.

If you don't have creme fraiche, substitute sour cream.


Green Beans with Hazelnuts & Creme Fraiche: (adapted from Laura Calder, the Canadian version of Martha Stewart!)

1/2 cup hazelnuts
1 lb. fresh green beans, ends trimmed
Kosher salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pink shallot, minced
Freshly ground black pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons creme fraiche
small handful chopped fresh tarragon leaves
small handful chopped fresh parsley

Cook the beans in boiling salted water until tender. I cook mine for 5 minutes.

In a heavy skillet, heat some olive oil and saute the shallot for a minute or two and add the drained green beans into the pot and toss to coat.

Dump the beans and shallots into a large bowl and add the creme fraiche and a squeeze of lemon juice. Add the handful of fresh parsley and tarragon and top with the toasted hazelnuts.

Season with salt & pepper and serve.


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Oui Chef said…
Très francais, ma chérie These look amazing. I've been watching laura calder on-line for a while now. I love her! Thanks for posting this deliciousness. - S
Canuck Cook said…
I love creme fraiche and can eat it plain! Love it with the haricot vert. Laura Calder is great......
Patsyk said…
I wish I wasn't the only one in my family who likes fresh green beans! I may have to make this anyway - just for me!
Joanne said…
I never realized that green beans were seasonal at this time of year! Makes me feel better about the fact that I cooked a dish with them last week!
Farida said…
looks like so fresh and delicious

I love nuts with beans and the creme fraiche makes it even better!
The JR said…
I luv green beans, I bet that's good.
tasteofbeirut said…
Delicious! Love green beans and welcome new ways to fix them!