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What to do with leftover green beans?

chuang Jun 20, 2010 08:03 PM

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.

  1. BigSal Jun 20, 2010 08:26 PM

    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. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5245...

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      appycamper Jun 20, 2010 08:32 PM

      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. goodhealthgourmet Jun 20, 2010 08:47 PM

        - 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
          dfrostnh Jun 21, 2010 04:35 AM

          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. Cherylptw Jun 20, 2010 10:16 PM

          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

          1. monavano Jun 21, 2010 03:45 AM

            Thai basil or Penang.

            1. alkapal Jun 21, 2010 03:54 AM

              green bean and potato salad is a great summer salad: http://chefchuckscucina.blogspot.com/...

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                chuang Jun 22, 2010 07:50 PM

                Thanks for the suggestions. I did end up adding them to a veggie filled pasta salad with an asian style homemade dressing. I loved it, the kids and hubby were "meh" about it.

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