I’ve taken the time here to ‘French-cut’ the green beans because I like the texture and also it makes a great presentation! Worth the extra step, if you have an hour to spare! An expedited version of this would be just trimming the ends of the beans and cut it into bite size pieces or leave whole. The key is to use fresh green beans. Traditionally, the green beans are stir-fried until they are bright green and still have a crunch to them. If you prefer more tender green beans, just cook a bit longer.
If you have lots of time on your hands or simply want to do something mindless, making ‘French-cut’ green beans is a great task. Or if you have lots of family members circling the kitchen, this is a great way to put them to work!! It is time consuming since you need to cut each green bean into thin strands. A pound of green beans can take about 30-45 minutes to ‘French-cut’. To start, wash and trim the ends of the green beans. Hold the green bean lengthwise in your hand and with a sharp paring knife, at a slant, gently cut a sliver into the middle of the bean and slide it gently down at an angle toward the end of the bean at an angle, restart about ½ inch above your first cut and again cut into the green bean at an angle to the end of the green bean, repeat 1-2 times (depends on the length of the bean).
Supposedly, you can use the Cuisinart food processor to make French-cut green beans. I’ve not tried this personally but may be worth trying if you have a few pounds of green beans to prep.
French-Cut Green Beans with Beef
- 1 pound green beans, washed and trimmed (cut or whole)
- ½ lb of sliced beef (Angus Beef Eye of Round Steak)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 3-4 chopped cloves of garlic
- ½ cup chopped onion (optional)
- 3 tbsp fish sauce
1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat
2. Add sliced beef to hot skillet, lightly season with salt and pepper, stir-fry until lightly pink
3. To the beef, stir in the chopped garlic
4. Quickly, add to the stir-fry, the prepared green beans. Cook for 2-3 minutes over medium-high heat.
5. Drizzle over the stir-fry the fish sauce. Cook until desired green beans are bright green and still has a nice crunch to it (2-3 minutes).