Green green spring vegetables

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time15 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
110g French green beans, ends trimmed
110g mangetout, ends and strings removed
225g broccoli, stalk removed
110g asparagus, ends trimmed
30g unsalted butter
1 tbsp good olive oil
3 large shallots, sliced
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1) Blanch the French green beans in a large pot of boiling salted water for 1 min only. Lift the beans out with a slotted spoon or sieve and immerse them in a bowl of ice water.

2) Add the mangetout to the same boiling water and cook for 1 min, until al dente, adding them to the ice water and the beans.

3) Cut the asparagus into 5cm lengths diagonally and cook in the boiling water for 2 mins, then add to the ice water.

4) Cut the broccoli in half, boil for 1 min, and add to the ice water.

5) When all the vegetables in the water are cold, drain well.

6) When ready to serve, heat the butter and oil in a very large frying pan.

7) Saute the shallots over medium heat for 5 mins, tossing occasionally, until lightly browned.

8) Add the drained vegetables to the shallots with 1/2 tsp salt and the pepper and toss.

9)Cook just until the vegetables are heated through. Serve hot.

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