Haricots Verts

In America, these tiny fresh string beans are reserved for special occasions simply because they are so much more expensive than the ordinary variety. When they are served to me, it always makes me feel like an esteemed guest.

volume ounces grams
haricots verts 8 ounces 227 grams
unsalted butter 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon 0.6 ounce 19 grams
salt a light sprinkling
pepper, freshly ground a grinding or two


Place a steamer insert in a large saucepan with a lid, and add water to come just under the steamer. Bring the water to a boil.

Add the haricots, placing them so that they lie next to each other. Cover and steam the haricots over low heat until just tender, 6 to 8 minutes.

Place the haricots on the dinner plates and place a teaspoon of the butter on top of each serving. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper.