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Feb 19, 2012 02:20 PM

Looking for inspiration for green beans

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

    3 Replies
    1. re: escondido123

      +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.

      1. re: escondido123

        About how many minutes and what temp. please?

        1. re: Joebob

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

      2. 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.

        1. 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.

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

            1. Elise's Mexican Green Beans at Simply Recipes is my favorite way to use fresh green beans.