Monday, April 4, 2011

Sesame Green Beans

What a busy time of year for us!  We have lots going on right now, so finding time to update the blog has been difficult.  There are volleyball games to attend, graduation parties and a baby shower to plan, a basement to remodel, and lots of extra projects at work.  If postings are sketchy, please forgive.  Check back frequently for updates.

Today's recipe is a family favorite.  We actually discovered these green beans at a Chinese buffet, and loved them.  It took me several tries to perfect this recipe.  Hope you'll enjoy it.

1/2 cup sesame seeds (toasted)
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 Tbsp sugar
Kosher salt, to taste (add slowly so you don't over-salt)
1 lb trimmed green beans
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 Tbsp sliced scallions
Dash of powdered ginger

Toast sesame seeds in a small frying pan over medium high heat for several minutes (until light brown).  Combine the sesame seeds, soy sauce and sugar.  Mix well and set aside.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Add the beans; cook until crisp-tender (about 5 minutes).  Drain the green beans.  Pour into a serving bowl.

Whisk vinegar, scallions and ginger.  Add to sesame seed mixture.  Pour over green beans and toss to coat.

This recipe serves about six.  For our family, I will sometimes double this depending on the other items on the day's menu.

Tip:  These are not good if they sit.  They should be served immediately.  Timing is everything.

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