Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sweet and Spicy Green Beans

Sweet and Spicy Green Beans

First, let's all take a moment to let my mom have a good, long laugh. You see, I hate green beans, truth be told. Well, what I actually hate is Southern green beans, especially the kind canned at home. They really aren't green after canning. And they hardly taste like beans. They're mush. Yes. I'm 5 years old (still). My parents always made me eat one spoon full of beans at dinner, so I'd shove every single one onto my fork and take one big bite, choking them down and whining about it all the while.

Sweet and Spicy Green Beans

But I'm not 5 any more. (I bet you already knew that.) And now that I can cook for myself I do actually eat beans. I roast and sprinkle them with kosher salt. I saute them in garlic and olive oil and sprinkle them with toasted almonds. And I pile them on my plate at the Chinese buffet ... the exact reason I was attracted to this recipe. I don't know what's in the sauce at the buffet, but I do know what's in this sauce, and it's good stuff. These beans are perfect with chicken and rice, but they'd sit beautifully beside roast pork or a nice juicy steak, too. And if you're not into the whole meat thing just add some carrots and red pepper and serve over rice. Perfection.

Sweet and Spicy Green Beans

Where am I getting fresh green beans in the middle of winter? My freezer. My dad grew these beans over the summer, and I have just a couple of bags left now. What a treat to have something wholesome, fresh, and bright green when the world outside is cold, gray, and damp. When summer rolls around I highly recommend you pick beans at your neighbors' house (they keep begging you to pick some off their ever-producing vines, anyway, right?) or head to the farmers market and get some beans to freeze for yourself. A foodsaver is worth its weight in gold, I tell you what.

Sweet and Spicy Green Beans
Adapted from Allrecipes
Makes 4 servings

If you decide to add vegetables to your beans to make a vegetarian meal you might want to double - or even triple - your amount of sauce.

Ingredients
3/4 pound fresh or frozen green beans
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon chili sauce
1 teaspoon honey
2 teaspoons olive oil

Directions
1. Bring large pot of water to a boil. Steam beans 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside.
2. In a separate bowl, combine garlic, soy sauce, chili sauce and honey.
3. Heat olive oil in saute pan over medium-high heat. Add beans and saute, stirring, 3 to 4 minutes. Pour sauce over beans and cook another 2 to 3 minutes, stirring, until liquid is mostly cooked away. Serve hot.

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13 comments:

  1. Huh, makes me thing that I really should get one of those food savers. There's nothing worse then freezer burn or mushy green beans, but yours look lovely.

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  2. Oh my goodness that's a beautiful plate of food. Nothing better than something from the garden in the winter time.

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  3. Ok, this sounds amazing. And I want to know what else is on that plate - it looks delicious!!

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  4. i know several people who refuse to eat mushy green beans, but i love them like that, assuming they've been cooked with ham hock or some such. this way looks tasty too, and it's much more kind to the piglets. :)

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  5. Yum yum! I'm like you, love the fresh sauteed variety of green beans...not my mama's canned ones so much. This recipe looks yummy...need to find chili sauce because I have other Asian recipes that call for it.

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  6. I love everything spicy!I am really curious to see what the addition of some coconut milk could do, to make more of a sauce.

    Cheers.

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  7. I have never seen green beans look so delicious. Love them!

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  8. Those fresh green beans in that steamer basket are so pretty!

    BTW, I made your breakfast casserole that Ingrid is always talking about and it was so good. I made it with a combination of ham, bacon and sausage. I think some spinach would be nice too.

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  9. My kids might eat those green beans, Abby! I am pinning them ;-)

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  10. Mama is soo proud.............

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  11. Thx for connecting with me on foodbuzz. I just subscribed to your blog feed and can't wait to see what your next post will be!

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  12. Soooo you're back?! But I can't comment on your newest post. I'm so excited though. That apple pie looks STUNNING. YUM!!

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  13. The meat turns out so tender every time plus, it makes its own gravy it doesn't get any better than that.Induction Select

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