The crunchy, downright addictive topping in this recipe adds big flavor to all manner of side dishes, including mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts, and dressings, or even as a garnish for turkey and gravy. The shallots can be fried five days ahead and stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

Martha Stewart Living, November 2016


Credit: Anna Williams

Recipe Summary

40 mins
40 mins


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  • Heat 1/2 inch oil in a small skillet over medium. When oil shimmers (320 degrees), carefullyadd 1/3 cup shallots. Cook, stirring occasionally with a fork, until just golden and bubbles stop forming rapidly around shallots, 2 to 3 minutes. (They will darken and crisp as they cool; do not let darken in oil, or they will taste bitter.) Transfer to paper towels, season with salt, and let stand until cool and crisp. Continue frying remaining shallots in batches.

  • Combine beans, butter, and 1/2 cup water in a large straight-sided skillet; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high, then cook, tossing frequently, until water evaporates, butter begins to brown, and beans are vibrant green and crisp-tender, 8 to 10 minutes. (If water evaporates too quickly, add more, a few tablespoons at a time.)

  • Transfer beans to a serving platter and squeeze lemon over top. Serve, with shallots alongside, or top with shallots just before serving.