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Green Beans with Chestnuts, Brown Butter & Lemon

Green Beans with Chestnuts, Brown Butter & Lemon
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by in Nov 2013
Green Beans  with Chestnuts,  Brown Butter Photo/Art by Kristin Teig

Total Time: 30 minutes

Hands On Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

If you’ve eaten green beans with almonds, you know how nuts enhance the vegetable’s natural sweetness. We also like to combine green beans with chestnuts and lemon zest for extra brightness.


  • 2-1/2 pounds thin green beans, ends trimmed
  • 3-1/2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 6 ounces peeled and roasted chestnuts, sliced (see “Note,” above)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the beans and simmer until almost tender, about 5 minutes. Drain, and place under cold running water. Drain again. You can prepare the beans several hours ahead.

In a large skillet, warm the butter over medium-low heat about 4 minutes, or until the butter sizzles and just begins to turn a pale golden brown. Add the chestnuts and cook 2 minutes; then season with lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Add the beans and toss so that all the beans are coated with the butter and chestnuts. Taste for seasoning, and serve hot.

Additional Notes:

To speed up prep time, look for pre-peeled and pre-roasted chestnuts packed in jars (the canned ones have less flavor), available at most grocery stores during the holidays.

Updated Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

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