French Beans with Toasted Breadcrumbs
Delicious French-style green beans.
3 Tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup yellow onions that have been diced small
1 garlic clove, minced (about 1/2 Tablespoon)
1 pound haricot vert (thin, French-style green beans), washed and trimmed (you can substitute standard American green beans but you may need to increase the cooking time accordingly)
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/3 cup breadcrumbs from good-quality French bread (eg, baguette)
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1. Warm the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and saute until soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and saute briefly until fragrant. Add the green beans, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper, tossing to combine everything. Pour the water into the pan, turn the heat to low and cover. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, turning the green beans halfway through for even cooking. Green beans are done when they are easily pierced with a fork, but still retain their shape.
2. While the green beans are cooking, melt the butter in a small skillet (preferred) or saucepan over medium heat. Add the breadcrumbs and salt. Stir to combine, so the breadcrumbs are evenly coated with the butter. Adjust the heat as needed to allow the breadcrumbs to sizzle and crisp, turning a beautiful golden brown color, without burning. (This will happen faster in a small skillet than a saucepan.)
3. Remove the lid from the green beans and taste one for doneness and seasoning. Allow them to cook a few more minutes if needed, and adjust seasoning to taste. If the liquid in the bottom of the pan seems watery, simmer over medium-high with the lid off for 5 minutes or so to evaporate the excess liquid.
4. Transfer the green beans to a serving dish, scattering the garlic/onion mixture from the bottom of the pan over the top of the beans. Top with the toasted breadcrumbs and serve.