Green Beans with Crispy Pancetta, Mushrooms, and Shallots
The onion-topped green bean casserole is a Thanksgiving mainstay. This version, while full of familiar flavors, is a bit more elegant, and dare we say it, a lot more flavorful.
Yield: 8 Ready in 45 minutes
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|1 1/2 lbgreen beans; trimmed|
|2 1/2 ozpancetta; thinly sliced, (five or six 1/16 to 1/8-inch-thick slices)|
|3 Tbs.Extra-Virgin Olive Oil|
|6 mediumcremini mushrooms; trimmed, halved if large, and very thinly sliced|
|2 medium-large shallots; halved lengthwise and very thinly sliced|
|1/4 cupfresh sage leaves; very thinly sliced|
|1/2 tsp.Dijon mustard|
Green Beans with Crispy Pancetta, Mushrooms, and Shallots Preparation
Fill a large mixing bowl with ice cubes and water and set aside. Fill a 6- or 7-quart pot two-thirds full of well-salted water. Bring the water to a boil and boil the beans uncovered until tender to the bite, 4 to 6 minutes. Drain, transfer to the bowl of ice water, and let sit until cooled, about 2 minutes. Drain and pat dry.
Put the pancetta in a 12-inch nonstick skillet and cook over medium-low heat until crisp and browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate and coarsely crumble. Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool slightly.
Add 2 Tbs. of the olive oil to the pan and return it to medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, shallots, and 1/4 tsp. salt and cook, stirring frequently, until both are nicely browned and shrunken, about 5 minutes. Add the sage and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Take the pan off the heat and add the vinegar, mustard, and the remaining 1 Tbs. oil. Stir to combine.
Return the pan to medium heat, add the green beans and toss to combine and heat through, 2 to 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt. Transfer to a warm serving platter and garnish with the pancetta.
The beans can be boiled and refrigerated up to 6 hours ahead. The remaining ingredients can also be prepped up to 6 hours ahead and held in the refrigerator. An hour before finishing, remove the beans from the refrigerator to come to room temperature.
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