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Jun 20, 2010 08:03 PM

What to do with leftover green beans?

I have a fairly large bunch (3 cups) of leftover steamed green beans and can't think what to turn them into to use them up in a yummy way. Need suggestions please! TIA.

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  1. You can try a Japanese twist by making ingen no gomaeae (green beans with sesame dressing). Toast and grind sesame seeds, then add sugar and soy sauce, and then add to green beans. Or Spanish style, saute in butter and finish with smashed garlic and salt. Simple, but delicious.

    1. toss with a vinaigrette. serve with ranch dressing to dip in. rough chop and add to potato or pasta salad. quick saute in olive oil and garlic and a splash of soy.

      1. - green bean & tomato salad with red onion or shallot. fold in fresh basil, and toss with a red wine & Dijon vinaigrette...or use tarragon instead of basil & dress it with lemon vinaigrette. cheese (feta, Parm, goat, bocconcini) and nuts (walnuts, pine nuts or hazelnuts) optional.
        - add to an omelet or frittata
        - toss with soy-ginger dressing, scallions and toasted sesame seeds
        - salade nicoise

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          I second a green bean, tomato and red onion salad. I usually make this for my bag lunch when I have a small amount of leftover green beans but I'm usually in a hurry so I simply grab some French dressing.

        2. Add to some simmered potatoes with (or without) some bacon or ham pieces

          Simmer with some stewed tomatoes & Italian herbs

          Cream of green bean soup