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Apr 18, 2013 07:49 AM

Green Bean idea for group dinner tomorrow?

I'm looking for green bean side dish to serve to a group of about 16 tomorrow evening and am drawing a blank. The main is chicken tetrazzini, made by someone else. I need to prepare the dish tonight or tomorrow AM before work. Usually I steam and dress with olive oil and herbs or roast green beans. Caveats - can be served at room temp, not a casserole, and meatless.

What would you do?

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  1. Steam-fry (use just enough oil to keep from sticking to a wok) for a few minutes just to bring out the bright green color. Toss with garlic-infused 2-4 TBSP OO, zest of 1/2 lemon or lime, and 1TBSP black sesame seeds. Works well cold or room temp.

    Use salt & pepper or other seasonings if you'd like. I usually let people season on their own, especially salt. If you do season or provide it, a specialty sea salt (pink, green, or blue depending on mineral content and source) give it a flair.

    1. If you have a creamy main, I'd opt for a refreshing green bean salad. Simply blanch and then toss in an emulsion of olive oil, lemon juice, zest, spring onions, parsley and garlic. Finish with capers and chilli flakes.

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      1. re: JungMann

        Thanks, these both sound simple and tasty. The second recipe answers another nagging food question - what to do with that last tablespoonful of capers from the giant Costco jar.

      2. I like them blanched whole and dressed with thinly sliced sweet onion, parsley, and a simple Dijon vinaigrette.

        1. We love our green beans roasted, especially for group meals since it's so easy to make a huge batch.

          Toss green beans and thinly sliced onions or shallots in olive oil salt and pepper. Place in any baking pan that has sides. Roast in medium oven (350?) for about 30 minutes, tossing them every once in a while. They are done when they have shrivelled a bit and look roasty. (I know that's a poor description -- i'm sorry).

          The smaller beans will be more shrivelled and roasty than the larger beans, of course. But that works really well for us because some folks like them more well done than others.

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          1. re: fisher

            My favorite way to prepare. I like to add grape tomatoes.

            Works well in a disposable tray

          2. Not sure what other carbs are being served but I often make bulgar wheat with green beans and toasted flaked almonds which usually goes down well.

            I normally cook the bulgar in stock (mainly chicken sometimes veggie). Toss in sliced cooked green beans and then scatter toasted flaked almonds on top and dress with extra virgin olive oil.

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            1. re: Paprikaboy

              This sounds good on its own but probably too much with a carby main