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Old 08-18-2006, 04:24 PM   #1
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Do Green Beans Count?

Hello All,
Seeing some great ideas up here. Do green beans count for this thread?

Last night I threw this recipe together...
I used fat free feta--wasn't so pleased with the texture but maybe someone else can try it with the real deal and let me know how it works out.

I am not very good about measurements...but here goes...

Green Beans with a Bite

Green beans (the fresh kind with the ends you can snap off)
Lemon juice (I like a lot of lemon but some people don't so you should be ok with maybe 1 tbs - 2 tbs )
1/2 tbs crushed red pepper (or to taste depending on how many greenbeans you have)
1 small clove minced garlic
1/3 cup of crumbled feta cheese
extra virgin olive oil or butter (about 1 tbs or more depending on how many beans you've got)

Sautee garlic and red pepper in oil or butter
Add green beans
Squeeze on lemon juice
Cook green beans to your taste (i like them crunchy, bfriend likes them squishy)
Crumble feta last, allowing it to melt just a little



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Old 08-18-2006, 04:36 PM   #2
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Thanks - sounds terrific!!! I love spicy ways to cook vegetables.

You may want to repost this over on the "Vegetable" forum as well. Even though Green (or "Snap") beans are "beans", I think when this forum says "Beans", they mean the dried & shell types (lima, kidney, lentils, etc.).
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Old 08-18-2006, 04:38 PM   #3
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Green Beans with a Bite

Do Green Beans Count? Hello All,
Seeing some great ideas up here. Thanks to Breezy Cooking for directing my post to the right place :)

Last night I threw this recipe together...
I used fat free feta--wasn't so pleased with the texture but maybe someone else can try it with the real deal and let me know how it works out.

I am not very good about measurements...but here goes...

Green Beans with a Bite

Green beans (the fresh kind with the ends you can snap off)
Lemon juice (I like a lot of lemon but some people don't so you should be ok with maybe 1 tbs - 2 tbs )
1/2 tbs crushed red pepper (or to taste depending on how many greenbeans you have)
1 small clove minced garlic
1/3 cup of crumbled feta cheese
extra virgin olive oil or butter (about 1 tbs or more depending on how many beans you've got)

Sautee garlic and red pepper in oil or butter
Add green beans
Squeeze on lemon juice
Cook green beans to your taste (i like them crunchy, bfriend likes them squishy)
Crumble feta last, allowing it to melt just a little

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Old 08-18-2006, 04:38 PM   #4
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Thanks! Done! Hope you enjoy--let me know the measurements you end up using.

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Old 08-18-2006, 04:52 PM   #5
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Dear sir or madam,
that sounds delicious and Ive printed out you recipe and will give it a try
cheers
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Old 08-18-2006, 04:52 PM   #6
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Chinese Dry-Fried Green Beans

One of my favorite Chinese dishes is Dry-Fried Green Beans. It adds a nice touch to meals that sometimes are lacking in "real" veggies:

Oil for frying
1 pound string beans, ends trimmed

2 tablespoons oil
1/4 pound ground pork or beef (chicken or turkey might work, too)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon minced ginger root (more to taste)
1 teaspoon minced garlic (more to taste)
1 tablespoon sugar
5 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon soy sauce

Heat an inch or two of oil in pan until it's hot but not smoking; add beans and fry until they start to wrinkle. Drain the cooked beans on paper towels, then arrange them in a dish so that they are all lined up in the same direction, like a stack of logs. Pour off oil and discard or save for another use.

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in frying pan or wok, add meat and all remaining ingredients; stir-fry until the meat is well browned and all the liquid has evaporated. Pour meat mixture over beans and serve hot.
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that sounds really good...i'm going to have to try it. thanks fry boy. how much dried ginger would replace the minced ginger root?
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Old 08-18-2006, 04:57 PM   #8
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thanks doug...i am a miss :) definitely let me know what measurements you use...i kind of like to do everything by guestimate...which maybe doesn't make me the best recipe giver ever, but for this forum i will..

i suggest serving it some boiled potatoes (if you're a veg) or a steak...something where the green beans can "show off"

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Old 08-18-2006, 10:11 PM   #9
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that sounds really good...i'm going to have to try it. thanks fry boy. how much dried ginger would replace the minced ginger root?
Fryboy's recipe looks really tasty!

I'd not use dry ginger on this. Splash out, get the fresh stuff and taste the difference!
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I agree -- dry ginger is great for baking but it's no substitute for fresh ginger root, especially in Asian or Indian food. Still, if you don't have any fresh, I suspect that about a 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of dry would suffice in this recipe. How bad could it be?
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