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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Thai-Style Green Beans



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...While our berries are a bust this year, I'm happy to report that most locally grown vegetables seem to have escaped the problems that have come with our strange summer weather. To wit, while they'll be late, there will be corn and tomato crops and bean bins in our green markets are already brimming with a harvest of green and gold. When such large quantities of vegetables are dumped in markets at one time, there are bargains to be found. I've blanched and frozen a bushel of beans that were purchased for pennies on the dollar and I've started searching for recipes that will allow me to serve fresh beans in new ways. I'm really happy that I found this one. It's a prize winner that was developed by Candy McMenamin, a cooking contest colleague, who has an impressive number of wins to her credit. Her beans are fast, easy and delicious and the recipe, written to serve two people, can easily be doubled. While they don't make a particularly pretty dish, the peanut sauce they are tossed with makes the beans wonderfully flavorful and I really think you'll enjoy them. Here's the recipe.

Thai-Style Green Beans...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Candy McMenamin

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon chopped shallot
1 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/2 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
Optional: Minced fresh cilantro and chopped dry roasted peanuts

Directions:
1) Combine soy sauce, hoisin sauce, peanut butter and red pepper flakes in a small bowl. Set aside.
2) In a small skillet, saute shallots and ginger in oil over medium heat until crisp tender, about 2 minutes. Add green beans and cook, stirring, until crisp tender, about 3 minutes. Add reserved sauce and toss to coat. Sprinkle with cilantro and peanuts if desired. Yield: 2 servings.







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53 comments:

Fresh Garden said...

Wow! Awesome! Must try!!
Thanks, Mary! You're wonderful!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Will try this tonight, minus the peanut butter which neither of us likes. Thanks for the idea. Take care Diane

Lucy Lu said...

i eat this meal very often :) amazing taste and quick meal!

have a nice day,
Lucy,

Maris(In Good Taste) said...

Looks wonderful! We are on the same Thai wavelength!

Rita said...

These look so good; thank you for giving me a new way to serve the green beans.
Rita

Pegasuslegend said...

I wished I'd planted beans this year this look great.. I have tons of pepper plants cant wait to get some of them, nothing big enough to pick and then tomatoes, this recipe looks grand!

kitchen flavours said...

I love green beans, and these look wonderful. Would love to try this! Thanks for sharing, have a lovely weekend, Mary!

savoringtoday.com said...

Those beans looks great, can't wait to try it with summer's fresh, tender beans.

Kim said...

These beans looks amazing and full of flavors. Perfect with a little curry.

StephenC said...

I'm short only one ingredient - hoisin. That's remedied easily enough. Instead of peanuts I'll use some dry-roasted sunflower seeds.

PeggyR said...

Though I'm not cooking much these days, those sound very good.

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Wow they luks so tempting and delicious...

Lenia said...

I love green beans!Your recipe makes them sound exotic and yummy!

Chiara said...

I can almost smell how good they must be Mary! I will try these! have a good day...

Barbara said...

This looks wonderful, Mary. Very unusual with the peanut butter.
Some of my favorite recipes have come my way as a result of a cooking contest!

SKIP TO MALOU said...

I am not fond of green beans but looking at your picture and readiang the ingredients make me want to try. Maybe I will look at green beans differently this time if I cook it your way? hmmm now I want to try.
Happy weekend Mary!

Holly said...

I've never had green beans like this before! Oh wow! Another fabulous dish Mary! : )

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

Summer is such a wonder time for fresh produce. I love Thai food and this is a nice addition to my recipes.

Jenn said...

Love this! I have everything but the green beans and I'm heading to the store a little later today... can't wait to try these!

Eternal Instants said...

Hi Mary! I am your newest follower. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! Your blog is packed full of exquisite food photos and recipes. I love it and will be back by again for sure! Happy Weekend :)

Cheah said...

I've never tried stirfries with peanut butter. Perhaps I should. Thanks for sharing!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

These look delicious...

Joanne said...

Peanut sauce makes just about everything better! green beans aren't my favorite veggie but I bet I'd love them in this sauce!

Kalyn said...

This sounds just great. I like beans, but I like them more with some added flavors like this.

nanny said...

what a great recipe for green beans...I love em!

Maria said...

I love green beans and will have to try this recipe next time!

yummychunklet said...

Yum! A great way to prepare green beans.

Ginny said...

I love green beans, and have just printed this! But first I need to make the rice thing!

lifeisfull said...

Nice, one more way of cooking green beans. Thanks for sharing!

lifeisfull said...

Nice, one more way of cooking green beans. Thanks for sharing!

That Girl said...

We're inundated with snap peas right now, but I can't say I'm complaining!

Mental Chew said...

I am adding this recipe to my current green bean binge. Thanks!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

All my favorite flavors and chopsticks . . . perfect.

Fondly,
Glenda

David said...

Mary, What a nice and simple dish! I really like that combination of spices and ingredients... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Lizzy said...

I just adore veggies with an Asian twist! These beans sound amazing...and your photos are always top notch. Thanks for sharing another winner~

Valérie said...

Always good to have a new recipe for green beans! Thanks for sharing!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Look forward to trying this one!! Thank you, Mary. blessings ~ tanna

Gloria said...

Look nice and yumm! gloria

mia xara said...

Wow , this is both interesting and fast to make!Thanks for sharing, Mary! Enjoy your Sunday!

Terri @ that's some good cookin' said...

Hot diggity dog, these look great! We just got some fresh green beans and love Thai flavors, so this is a win-win at my house.

The Harried Cook said...

I love trying out new vegetable sides! This sounds flavorful & yummy... Thanks for sharing, Mary!

Red Nomad OZ said...

Sounds - and looks - delicious! I love beans, but interesting recipes to really showcase their great flavour are few and far between! Scarlet Runner beans are my fave, although an heirloom variety - 'Lazy Housewife'- is pretty good too!

JasmyneTea said...

Great idea, I've never really dressed vegetables as a side, I normally just steam them and eat them as is, so I'm going to give this a go. Thanks!

Becki (Becki's Whole Life) said...

I'm loving the different green gean recipes on here Mary. These sound wonderful and I love the peanut butter addition here. Thanks so much for sharing this one!

Karen Harris said...

If Candy developed and you endorse it, this recipe must be delicious. My daughter's speciality is sauteed green beans with soy, garlic and green onion with mayo, sriracha and lime dipping sauce. I'll have to pass this recipe on to her to break things up a bit for her roommates.

Elaine said...

It looks like they have a bit of a kick to them as well with the red pepper flakes. I have also been seeing tons of beans in the market and have been on the lookout for recipes. This is one to try for sure. Thanks, Mary!

Foodycat said...

That's a great vegetable dish - it looks delicious, I must try it!

Deb in Hawaii said...

So many of my favorite flavors in this one--yum! I just wish I had some really fresh green beans. ;-)

Wendy Irene said...

I love the flavors in Thai food. This is a green bean recipe I am really excited about! Warm wishes :)

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

I just love how you feature last year's recipe too! So much good stuff!

sally said...

I'll eat almost anything with peanut sauce on it--especially green beans.

finnyme said...

Mary, thank you so much for stopping by my blog!! I enjoy yours as well, these green beans look amazing and all of your pictures make my stomach growl =] I am now a follower of your blog! I hope you stop back at mine =] Have a lovely day!

Sparkly Jules said...

I made the green beans last night, Mary. Holy mother of all things delicious--WOW!

I blanched them a bit before sauteeing because although I love green beans, I don't like them to crunchy.

TG it's a vegetable because I had seconds. :D

LOVE IT. Going into regular rotation.

Jules

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