Published November 1, 2001.
Cooking the beans ahead saves time when you need it most-in the final moments before dinner.
Most vegetable side dishes require significant last-minute preparation -- which no one wants when preparing and assembling a multicourse holiday meal.
Green beans -- the perfect side dish -- that can be prepared largely beforehand without sacrificing texture or flavor.
Blanch the beans to ensure a crisp texture, then refrigerate them for up to three days. When the rest of the meal is ready, toss the beans in a hot skillet with a simple butter sauce.list of recipes