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Green Beans, Toasted Pecans and Blue Cheese

06 August

Serves 4-6

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup teaspoons finely chopped shallots
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup pecans
1 1/2 pounds green beans
3 ounces blue cheese

1. in a large bowl whisk together mustard, vinegar, shallot, and 1 tablespoon oil to make the dressing.

2. In a small heavy skillet, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil over high heat until hot but not smoking and saute pecans with salt to taste, stirring frequently, until a shade darker, about 1 minute. Transfer nuts to paper towels to drain and cool. Coarsely chop nuts.

3. Have ready a bowl of ice water. In a large saucepan of boiling, salted water blanch the green beans until just tender, about 3 minutes, and drain to a colander. Transfer beans to ice water, stirring until just cool. Drain beans well and add to dressing. Crumble blue cheese over beans and gently toss with half of nuts and salt and pepper to taste. Serve beans at room temperature topped with the remaining nuts.

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