Just blanch it

I’ve never been much of a blancher. Boil a big pot of salty water, throw the veggies in, and THEN shock them in a pot of ice water? And THEN season, saute, dress them after that?? I’m tired just thinking about it. And while all of extra dish washing was a turn off, it’s really the waste of ice that crippled me. I am an ice hoarder. In my opinion, an entire ice cube tray of ice would be better suited for a week’s worth of cold drinks, not frivolously dumped in a bowl of water. Also, I hate making ice. Why am I the ONLY one who EVER MAKES THE ICE???? But, blanching green beans in salted water makes them perfectly seasoned, crisp tender, and tasty not only in the recipe you make immediately, but for days to come. For this “last of the summer” green beans recipe, I added cherry tomatoes, feta, lots of mint, and a lemon vinaigrette – a respectable way to end the life of 16 home made, slow frozen (our freezer’s busted), hand cracked pieces of ice from my freezer. I highly recommend over-blanching the quantity of beans you’ll need for this recipe as the leftover string beans make a great lunch box companion and general snacking material.

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Recipe:
1 lb green beans
1/4 cup salt
10 cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup feta
2 tbls chopped mint
zest of one lemon
black pepper

Vinaigrette:
2 tbls lemon juice
1 tbls mustard
1 shallot, sliced
pinch salt
1/4 cup olive oil

Blanch green beans: fill a big pot with water, add salt, bring to a rolling boil, and add green beans. Prepare a bowl of cold water with an ice cube tray of ice. After two minutes of cooking, quickly remove green beans to ice water and submerge until beans are at least lukewarm, about 4 minutes. Remove green beans to a tray with a dishtowel on top to dry out.

Make vinaigrette: add all dressing ingredients to a lidded jar and shake

Add green beans to a large serving dish with cherry tomatoes, feta, chopped mint, lemon juice, and drizzle with dressing. Crack lots of black pepper on top and serve. This keeps well in the fridge for a day or two, so make extra!

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