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Makes 4-6 servings


  • 1 pound fresh trimmed green beans (cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sweet or hot Hungarian paprika
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup sour cream


In a large skillet, place the green beans and cover with water; add 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Remove green beans to a colander, reserving cooking liquid.

Meanwhile in a medium skillet, make a roux* by melting the butter, adding the flour and cooking, stirring constantly, until it is a light amber color. Add pepper, paprika, and 1/4 cup water to the skillet, stirring until smooth.

Temper* the sour cream with a few ladles of the hot green-bean cooking liquid. Add the sour cream mixture to the pan along with green beans; whisk the mixture until smooth. Simmer until the broth thickens, 5 to 8 minutes, but do not let it boil.

Serve hot or chilled. Enjoy!

*A roux is a mixture of a fat (most often butter) cooked with a small amount of flour. This combination is used to thicken sauces and soups.

*Tempering is a method used to avoid cooking a cold ingredient when combining it with a hot ingredient; if you add a little bit of the hot liquid to the cold ingredient, it will bring up the temperature enough that it won’t curdle.