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Old 07-11-2009, 01:48 PM   #1
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Fresh Green Beans

Just picked close to 1lb of green beans,Bush type.
How do you prepare it..? I'm really serious.My idea of green beans come from a can.
We've only bought fresh for my Guinea Pig.Now she has her own plants.

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Old 07-11-2009, 02:01 PM   #2
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Lightly steamed with butter
blanched, lightly cooked (retains the fresh green color), with julienned onion and red pepper, sauteed together

some people like their green beans with lots of crunch, while others like theirs cooked to a much softer texture. I'm somewhere in between.


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Old 07-11-2009, 02:25 PM   #3
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I prefer them to be somewhat soft...not mushy. Our basic go to method is simmering in salted water with garlic/onion till done. Sometimes new potatoes are added. Sometimes a smoked seasoning meat is added along with onion...Other times tomato is added...At other times cooked to almost done...then sauteed in Olive oil and garlic...A very versatile vegetable.

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Old 07-11-2009, 02:29 PM   #4
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After rinsing, topping, & tailing the beans, I plunge them into a pot of boiling water for approx. 4-5 minutes tops. I then drain & toss lightly with butter, salt, freshly ground black pepper, & approx. a tablespoon of dried (or chopped fresh) Marjoram.

I'll also sometimes cook them as above, but instead of the butter & Marjoram, I'll simply add a can of stewed tomatoes & maybe a little Oregono or Basil (fresh or dried), & simmer to evaporate a little of the liquid. Makes a great accompaniment to an Italian-style meatloaf.

They're also good roasted on a baking sheet in the oven with a little extra-virgin olive oil, salt, & freshly ground black pepper (400 degrees until tender to your personal preference).

And of course - stirfried in a wok Szechuan-style is always nice. There are quite a few recipes for that on the web.
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Old 07-11-2009, 04:14 PM   #5
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I like to steam them until they are almost done and then toss with some sour cream and garlic is a pan for a couple of minutes.
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Old 07-11-2009, 04:26 PM   #6
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I like them both soft and crispy(er), but my favorite way is w/ham, bacon and new potatoes. It's a veggie BUT it's a meal!!! I haven't done it in a long time but boy, is it good!!
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Old 07-11-2009, 04:28 PM   #7
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I usually steam them, although they're also good roasted.
Here's a great recipe for a green bean salad. I omit the sugar, use creamy Dijon instead of grainy, less salt, a little less oil, halve the beans instead of cutting them into 1-inch pieces, and steam instead of boil.

Citrus Green Bean Salad Recipe
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Old 07-11-2009, 04:29 PM   #8
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It all sound really good.Wish it was dinner time already.
I'll simmer them with onions,garlic and salt. Cooked but not mushy
Season after ward's with butter,pepper,maybe some seasoning salt.

The next batch of greens gets tossed in a huge pot for stew.

Thanks all..I appreciate all the suggestions. :)

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Old 07-12-2009, 07:46 PM   #9
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Traditional French - Almondine:

Blanch washed and picked beans in salted boiling water and quickly saute in beurre noisette (browned butter) minced shallots and toasted almond slices. I like to finish them off with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and sea salt. Traditional but excellent.

I also like to toss cooked beans in a bit of butter, lemon juice and fresh dill. Again, add sea salt.
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Old 07-12-2009, 07:51 PM   #10
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Traditional Southern - crap cooked out of them (LOL Marko - couldn't help it!)

Cooked in water, ham hock, onions. Cooked until less than crunchy and served with a cast iron skillet of cornbread....that's called dinner here!


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