Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Spicy Asian Green Beans

Spicy Asian Green Beans

Prep Time:  30 minutes
Cook Time:  10 minutes
Serves:  4

1  Tablespoon  Olive Oil
1  lb  fresh Green Beans, trimmed
1/4  Cup  coarsely chopped Onion
1/4  Cup  Hoisin Sauce  or substitute with 2 Tablespoons Oyster Sauce and 2 Tablespoons BBQ Sauce
2  Tablespoon  Soy Sauce
1  Tablespoon  Seasame Oil
1  Tablespoon  Water, or as needed
3  cloves  Garlic, minced
1  teaspoon minced fresh Ginger
2  teaspoons Chinese Chili Paste with Garlic or 1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes to taste
Toasted Seasame Seeds, for garnish  you can purchase these already toasted (and for much cheaper) in the Asian section at the grocery

Heat the Olive Oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the Green Beans and Onion.  Cook, stiring occasionally, until the beans are crisp-tender and blackened in spots, about 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness.

Meanwhile, whick the remaining ingredients (except the Seasame Seeds) in a small bowl.  Stir in more water as needed until the sauce has a cake-batter consistency.  Set aside.  If you are serving this to young children, go light on the Garlic Cloves and Ginger--taste before adding the full amount.

Remove the beans from the heat.  Add the sauce and stir until the beans are evenly coated.  Taste and adjust seasoning.  Transfer the beans to a platter and garnish with Seasame Seeds.  Serve warm.

Spicy and oh! so very yummy!  This is how I've been fixing our garden-fresh beans this summer.

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