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Basil Glazed String Beans




Whisk all glaze ingredients together.


Bring six cups water to a rapid boil in an eight-quart pot. Once water is boiling, add string beans and cover pot. Cook for six minutes. After six minutes, throw string beans into a bowl of ice water (or a strainer with running cold water).


Combine string beans with half of glaze (reserve the other half to use as a salad dressing). Let beans marinate so that the flavors meld. Serve at room temperature.


Blanching preserves the great flavor of fresh string beans, holds the beautiful green color, and still gives you that wonderful string-bean crunch. Throw the beans in hot water to cook them briefly; then plunge them into cold water to “shock” them and stop the cooking process.