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Looking for inspiration for green beans

Juniper Feb 19, 2012 02:20 PM

So I have a pile of green beans sitting in my fridge, but am looking for different preparations than my usual. I was hoping the hounds could help spark some creativity. As reference, my usual treatment of green beans include:

- Green beans and ground pork with black bean (or 5-spice) sauce
- Roasted acorn squash, green bean and roasted corn salad
- Green beans sautéed in bacon fat or butter, sometimes with roasted almonds or pinenuts
- Steamed or boiled green beans tossed in a lemon vinaigrette
- Turkish zeytin yagli yesil fasulye (olive oil braised green beans)

Any and all ideas welcome!

Thanks in advance.

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    escondido123 RE: Juniper Feb 19, 2012 03:51 PM

    Clean, toss in olive oil and salt, roast until brown. You can't stop eating them....like peanuts or potato chips.

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      megjp RE: escondido123 Feb 19, 2012 05:49 PM

      +1, definitely my favourite green bean preparation in the past year-plus. Sometimes I sprinkle with lemon juice after they come out of the oven.

      The other thing you can do is make Szechuan green beans, which involves dry-frying and is well-documented online.

      Or country beans, which are basically braised for longer than you'd expect and do involve bacon but are a nice treat from time to time. They're served at Southern or 'homestyle' restaurants like Cracker Barrel, which is actually where I found out about them on a visit to the US.

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        Joebob RE: escondido123 Feb 19, 2012 06:43 PM

        About how many minutes and what temp. please?

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          escondido123 RE: Joebob Feb 19, 2012 07:13 PM

          450 F until browned...depends upon your oven how long.

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        MRS RE: Juniper Feb 19, 2012 06:23 PM

        sauteed green beans w/ roasted cherry tomatoes. toss w/ a bit of crumbled feta and balsamic vinegar. A pretty easy side or eaten as a salad.

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          sedimental RE: Juniper Feb 19, 2012 06:49 PM

          I just made a risotto this weekend with green beans (cut in little pieces) sauteed mushrooms, green onions, parm....... and a little truffle oil. Yum.

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            lunchslut RE: Juniper Feb 19, 2012 07:14 PM

            How about Szechuan style " dry fried" spicy green beans.

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              MrsJonesey RE: Juniper Feb 19, 2012 07:20 PM

              Elise's Mexican Green Beans at Simply Recipes is my favorite way to use fresh green beans.
              http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/mexi...

              1. Sarah RE: Juniper Feb 19, 2012 07:29 PM

                Today's (Sunday) SFChron has a recipe for Chinese Long Beans & Bacon which sounds great. My computer's acting up, so it'll take forever to provide a link...
                I'm sure you can sub reg beans for the long.

                1. Juniper RE: Juniper Feb 20, 2012 05:12 PM

                  Hmm... very curious about the roasted green beans. I'll have to try that with a subsequent batch of green beans. I ended up making a Thai green bean salad before I was able to log on and read the replies to this thread.

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                    wineos RE: Juniper Feb 20, 2012 05:38 PM

                    This is one of my favorite ways to make green beans - so so so good! http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in...

                    1. Barbara76137 RE: Juniper Feb 20, 2012 05:53 PM

                      My "Sonoma Diet Cookbook" has a basic recipe for roasted green beans with just evoo, salt & peppter. 450 oven for 10 minutes. It also gives variations such as red onions & walnuts, tomatoes, goat cheese & olives, or sesame/ginger.

                      1. meatn3 RE: Juniper Feb 20, 2012 07:43 PM

                        I once had a wonderful green bean salad at a Basque restaurant in San Francisco. A CH posted his approximation of the recipe here:

                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7805...

                        My "recreated from memory" dish uses white onion and a little mayo with a splash of cider vinegar.

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                          gilintx RE: Juniper Feb 20, 2012 10:07 PM

                          Smitten Kitchen does a green bean and tomato salad with a red wine + shallot vinaigrette. Recipe is adapted from Chez Panisse: http://smittenkitchen.com/2008/05/gre...

                          1. jmcarthur8 RE: Juniper Feb 21, 2012 11:58 AM

                            Got this from my niece's Indian roommate - saute some whole mustard seed and whole cumin seed in olive oil a minute or two till they pop a little. Add steamed green beans, and saute a minute more.
                            Quick, easy and full of flavor.

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