Spice up your plain old green beans with a simple sweet and sour sauce any time of year. Who says vegetables are boring? Sweet and sour green beans have a zingy flavor and spicy aroma. A splash of savory soy sauce and sprinkling of nutty toasted sesame seeds will fill the air with the aroma of the Orient.
Fast Cooking Side
It only takes a few minutes to prepare sweet and sour green beans. They make a good side with other Asian-style food but can stand on their own too.
Sweet and sour green beans are best eaten right away. Leftover green beans tend to become mushy and pout.
Going Green with Vegetables
During the dead of winter, fresh shipped green beans look surprisingly good. The summery garden green color is a magnet. Think green this winter for your vegetables.
Sweet and Sour Sesame Green Beans
Ingredients:3 cups green beans 2 tablespoons sesame oil 2 tablespoons canola oil 3 tablespoons sesame seeds 2 cloves fresh garlic 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons corn starch 3 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons red wine
Wash and trim off the very ends of the green beans. Stream until tender about 8 minutes. Drain, rinse in cold water and set aside to dry.
Boil 2 cups of water and place in a large heat-tolerant bowl or measuring cup. Drop in garlic cloves and set aside for garlic to cook and soften about 5 minutes. Drain garlic and set aside.
Place sesame oil and canola oil in a large heavy frying pan on medium. Add sesame seeds and toast watching constantly until starting to brown about 5 minutes. Pull off heat to cool.
Put through garlic press or finely chop if one is not available. Stir garlic into sauce.
Combine brown sugar and corn starch in a small bowl. Stir in soy sauce and red wine. Stir into sesame mixture. Put sauce into a large skillet. Place skillet on medium heat and cook sauce stirring constantly for a minute or two. The sauce will turn from cloudy to clear and bee done. Add green beans. Gently combine and serve. Makes six servings.