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Green Beans with Crispy Shallots


1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots (5 or 6)
2 tablespoons unsalted margarine
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds green beans, trimmed
fresh ground pepper


Heat vegetable oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the shallots and fry until crisp and nicely brown, 1-2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain. Repeat with remaining shallots. Set aside at room temperature. (Shallots may be cooked several hours in advance).

. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add margarine and olive oil. When margarine is melted, add green beans and saute, stirring frequently, until bright green and crisp tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving platter and top with crisp shallots. Serve immediately.