Beans with Four Spices

A nice French recipe from Perfect Vegetables/Cook’s Illustrated.

-Bring a large pot of water to boil, adding 1 tsp salt.

-Tip and tail 3/4 pound of Roma or green beans.

-Cut the beans into 1-inch segments and then put the beans in the boiling water.

-Cook until beans are just tender, about 2-3 minutes.

-Drain well and pat dry with a kitchen towel.

-In a small bowl combine these spices;

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/8 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground ginger

-Set aside.

-Melt 2 TBS butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.

-When the foaming subsides add the bowl of spices and cook stirring frequently until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

-Add 3 TBS heavy cream and the beans and cook for 1 minute until heated through.

-Season to taste with sea salt.