Green Beans with Golden Shallot and Thyme Butter

2 medium shallots*
2 tsp chopped fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp dried*
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cups trimmed green beans
1/2 softened salted butter

*If you don’t have shallots substitute any mild onion.
*Basil or savory may be substituted for thyme.

Finely mince shallots. Heat oil in a small frying pan set over medium- low heat until hot. Add shallots, fry for 4-5 minutes, stirring often, or until golden. Remove from heat and let cool. Stir butter with a fork in a small bowl, work in shallots and thyme. (This can be refrigerated up to a week.) Steam green beans over gentle simmering water for 5-7 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat and top with a few tbsp of butter.