Tons of Green Beans
Bought green beans at the market and farmer gave me even more - so, I'm just one person, with tons of green beans.
Ideally, I'd like as few as possible to go to waste.
So what should I do with them?
I was going to stir fry them tonight with whatever I have around, but other ideas would be awesome. I am a moderately experienced cook, so gimme your best!
How about Penang? It's a spicy Thai dish with red curry coconut sauce and peanuts. You can add any protein you want; chicken, beef, shrimp.
You can also partly cook them then freeze them.
They are great as a cold salad too. Blanch in boiling water for 2-3 minutes then shock in ice water.
They are fantastic pickled too. I love to crunch on them with a nice glass of white wine:-)
I blanch mine to store in the freezer for future use! Also green bean salad is wonderful. The salad can be dressed with a french dressing (OO and onion/garlic). Dill and bacon also compliment green beans extremely well. Cook them until JUT tender and still have just a little crunch.
All the above are great recommendations, especially the curry. I LOVE green beans with red curry paste. You can also use them for a simple salade niçoise, fermented black bean stir fry, casserole or follow my personal recipe for a saute in olive oil with garlic, hazelnuts, and lemon rind.
Yes. When I make green beans this way, my family literally eats twice as many as when I cook them any other way-- and I think they would eat three times as many if I cooked them. Incredibly delicious, just incredible. Add a little (or a lot) of chopped garlic too if you want.
And while I'm writing, my second suggestion is lightly blanched in a salad with potatoes and tomatoes and onion and a vinagrette. Add hard boiled eggs and it's a meal. Stupendously delicious.