Green Beans Tossed in Brown Butter

There are quite a few things that made me happy about the new SlimGenics STEP™ Program – pork, beets, and Brussels sprouts are just a few! My other favorite things is something I haven’t really talked about: butter. Any chef will tell you that butter – sweet glorious butter – is a key ingredient in making food taste good.

One of the greatest things about butter is how easily you can change the texture and flavor profile of your recipes. Butter is a delicious addition to many recipes and can be used melted (as you would use it in a dessert) and cold (as a yummy spread), sweet and savory, and on just about any kind of food. There is a steakhouse famous for melting a pat of butter over their steaks! Give this method a try by reserving your fat serving for the top of your next grilled sirloin.

Opt for the unsalted butter so that you can control the level of salt in your foods. To stay on-track with your weight loss goals, you should only consume fats in very limited quantities, and it is safe to say that a little butter will go a long way.

Recently, while preparing dinner, I was grasping for a veggie idea to finish the meal. Digging through the fridge I found some green beans and had an idea – an idea that would require only three ingredients and would give a huge “WOW” factor. And it uses my favorite new ingredient! I hope you like it as much as my family and I did.

Brown Butter Green Beans

  • 3 cups green beans, trimmed
  • 4 teaspoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon light salt

Prepare a pot with a steamer basket set over water. Place on high heat and bring water to a boil. Add green beans, cover, and steam 3-5 minutes (depending on the thickness of the beans) or until crisp-tender. Remove from heat and uncover.

While beans are steaming, place a stainless sauté pan over high heat and add the butter. Cook, swirling pan occasionally, until butter begins to brown and develop a nutty scent. The butter will be golden with little brown flecks in it.

Without removing the pan from the heat, carefully add the steamed green beans. The smallest amount of moisture can cause the butter to spatter, so do this very carefully.

Use tongs to turn the beans in the butter, and cook for an additional 30 seconds, until beans get browned in places. Remove from heat, sprinkle with salt, and continue tossing for another 30 seconds or until beans are well-coated.

Makes 4 servings.