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Green Bean Bundles with Garlic Browned Butter


This green bean recipe is impressive-looking but simple to make. The bundles make a wonderful addition to a holiday table or a fun presentation to liven up any dinner party menu.

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  • 1 pound thin green beans or haricot verts, trimmed
  • 24 long, thin slices red bell pepper
  • 8 long, thin scallions
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon flaked sea salt, such as Maldon
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


Preparation time 40mins
Cooking time 40mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a large pan fitted with a steamer basket. Steam green beans and bell pepper until tender-crisp, 3 to 5 minutes. Trim whites off scallions and place the 8 long greens on the vegetables in the steamer during the last minute of cooking to soften. Transfer the vegetables to a large plate.

Divide the beans into 8 portions (10-14 beans each). To make a bundle, lay a scallion green on your work surface and place 1 portion of beans and 3 pieces bell pepper across it. Wrap the green around the vegetables and tie a knot to secure the bundle. Transfer to a serving platter. Repeat with the remaining vegetables.

Melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat; smash garlic flat, add to the pan and cook, swirling often, until the butter is nutty brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Discard the garlic. Stir in oil. Serve the bundles drizzled with the butter and sprinkled with salt and pepper.


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