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Help me use my frozen green beans (blech!)

happybellynh Jan 6, 2012 12:14 PM

In an effort to eat locally year-round in Maine, I froze a bunch of green beans by blanching and then food-saving. Turns out I hate them. They seem super soggy-yet-spongy and disgusting, but I can bear to throw them away. How can I salvage them? I do have one interesting Indian recipe from Julie Sahni's book I think where you saute them in spices till their practically unrecognizable (and yet tasty!) that I may try... but we're talking a lot of beans, here.

  1. Kajikit Jan 7, 2012 02:27 PM

    Tomato and bacon cover a multitude of sins... make a green bean casserole with a tomato sauce and lots of crispy bacon on top.

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      nami54 Jan 7, 2012 01:02 PM

      We froze a TON of green beans from the garden this past summer. We've been throwing them in a hot skillet with a bit of olive oil and tossing them with a dollop of bacon jam. Killer. We used garlic in the oil before we discovered bacon jam.

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        pine time Jan 7, 2012 09:51 AM

        Yup, Julie Sahni's recipes are really good for green beans, but they will be mushed to death (but I'm from the South, and to my family, mushed-to-death = good green beans).

        1. Peg Jan 7, 2012 09:16 AM

          Puree them with peas to make soup.

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            debbypo Jan 7, 2012 07:37 AM

            Maybe something vaguely Greek like simmered with a bunch of canned tomatoes and oregano and garlic and a cubed potato or two. In true Greek restaurant style, you could then serve over rice.

            1. KarenDW Jan 6, 2012 08:55 PM

              a riff on hummus: green beans, garlic, tahini or sesame oil, lemon, salt, pepper.

              1. Samalicious Jan 6, 2012 03:40 PM

                Greek-ish green beans stewed with tomatoes and herbs are good.
                Here is a version: http://www.closetcooking.com/2011/08/...

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                  Leslie Jan 6, 2012 03:23 PM

                  I don't have a recipe for it, but my mom makes a mock chopped liver with green beans. The flavor is in the caramelized onions and eggs and it is really delicious. Does anyone have a recipe for this?

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                    magiesmom Jan 6, 2012 07:32 PM


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                      Leslie Jan 7, 2012 12:57 PM

                      Yes, this looks very close. I think this is the healthy version- onions "sauteed" in broth and egg whites only. Either way, this is actually quite good.

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                    anne7134 Jan 6, 2012 03:13 PM

                    Sauté them with lots of garlic and stewed tomatoes.

                    1. monavano Jan 6, 2012 03:11 PM

                      You could always use them in a soup.

                      1. IndyGirl Jan 6, 2012 02:24 PM

                        Sorry they didn't turn out well!! if they were good quality, frozen GB work well in a saute with some sliced garlic, oyster sauce, hot sauce, and almonds. Tofu if you want. Better than it sounds. Add other spices as you wish. I guess if you cook them more (from what it sounds like with your situation) maybe they would be good in this preparation? I use this preparation with costco's frozen GB, which are great quality as frozen foods go.

                        1. monavano Jan 6, 2012 01:16 PM

                          Make a green bean casserole. You could go all out crap and use Campbell's soup ;-) At least the onions on top will be crispy.

                          1. JungMann Jan 6, 2012 01:11 PM

                            Braise them. Lots of braised green bean dishes are meant to be soft. A traditional loubia with olive oil, allspice, cumin, coriander and lamb would be great. Smothering them with Southern technique would be just as good.

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                              escondido123 Jan 6, 2012 12:16 PM

                              Would roasting in a fairly hot oven with olive oil and salt dry them out and make them crispy?

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