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Green Beans

Postby Ratatouille » March 10th, 2018, 2:25 pm

These are probably my least favourite vegetables - I don't hate them but they aren't my first choice.

In the market this morning Pascal gave me a large bag of the things. They are fresh but rather thick - about the thickness of .my little finger. wi
Has anyone got any unusual recipes ? I have already just cooked a panfull to use in a salad for tonight. I might reheat some with olive oil and garlic or a bit of fresh tomato sauce, After that my imagination runs out. I must add I hate what I call squeaky beans ie al dente.. They are never served like that here.
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Re: Green Beans

Postby patpoyntz » March 10th, 2018, 2:52 pm

The first of Yotam’s noodle recipes in today’s Guardian uses French beans and sounds rather good to me.
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyl ... le-recipes
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Re: Green Beans

Postby Ratatouille » March 10th, 2018, 2:58 pm

Yes that does sound good. Thanks. I must add tamarind paste to my next order from the UK.
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Re: Green Beans

Postby TeresaFoodie » March 10th, 2018, 3:17 pm

I adore green beans but also hate it when they squeak but mine always seem to! Is that a variety thing or a cooking time thing?

I have made green bean chutney in the past. I just Googled a recipe once and it was lovely. I tend to cut them into lengths of about two inches and add them to a chilli while it's simmering. When making a puree soup I would do the same after pureeing. You've already said salad. Good with new potatoes, avocado, cress and a citrus dressing.
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Re: Green Beans

Postby suffolk » March 10th, 2018, 3:33 pm

Par cook the beans and then add to a stir fry.
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Re: Green Beans

Postby Amber » March 10th, 2018, 9:04 pm

I nibble on them raw, not sure about the thick ones though.
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Re: Green Beans

Postby karadekoolaid » March 10th, 2018, 9:19 pm

Slice them into 2" pieces, on the bias. Blanch them. Then stir-fry with garlic and sesame seeds. Add a bit of chile if you like it.
I was going to say they're great with coconut, and/or coconut milk, but I seem to remember you don't like coconut.
Stir-fried with some filleted almonds and cumin seeds also works well.
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Re: Green Beans

Postby suffolk » March 11th, 2018, 10:27 am

That sounds delicious KK :D :tu:
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Re: Green Beans

Postby earthmaiden » March 11th, 2018, 10:37 am

There's always the Thanksgiving favourite ..... :)

https://www.campbells.com/kitchen/recip ... casserole/

I did have some once and it was surprisingly edible.
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Re: Green Beans

Postby miss mouse » March 11th, 2018, 11:42 am

This green bean salad from Simon Hopkinson has always been well recieved

http://www.simonhopkinson.tv/recipe/28/ ... salad.aspx
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Re: Green Beans

Postby Seatallan » March 11th, 2018, 12:09 pm

Or make picallili?
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Re: Green Beans

Postby Ratatouille » March 11th, 2018, 4:41 pm

Love Kk's suggestion.

Sea I have a whole shelfload of piccalili made in the autumn.

Miss Mouse that's what I often make but I think these are just too thick. We grow our own in the garden in the summer and I always insist they are picked when no thicker than a stick of dried spaghett.

EM that sounds so wonderfully American - so first find a can of condensed cream of mushroom and some French (/) fried onions :lol:

I have to admit I cooked a panful yesterday and gave them to the hens who wouldn't touch them raw!
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Re: Green Beans

Postby liketocook » March 11th, 2018, 6:08 pm

I love a potato and green bean curry.
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Re: Green Beans

Postby Seatallan » March 11th, 2018, 6:13 pm

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Re: Green Beans

Postby StokeySue » March 11th, 2018, 6:23 pm

Ratatouille wrote:I always insist they are picked when no thicker than a stick of dried spaghett.

I like them fatter, juicer, and sweeter than that personally. Seed catalogues describe them as "pencil podded", and the size of a small pencil seems about right to me (think Argos or betting shop :) )
Mercifully the need for London restaurants to serve them in a state I once described as like green hairpins (tiny, raw but slightly heated) has passed
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Re: Green Beans

Postby Amber » March 11th, 2018, 9:44 pm

earthmaiden wrote:There's always the Thanksgiving favourite ..... :)

https://www.campbells.com/kitchen/recip ... casserole/

I did have some once and it was surprisingly edible.


My friend makes a version of that - it’s delicious. :D
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Re: Green Beans

Postby TeresaFoodie » March 16th, 2018, 4:04 pm

I've revisited this thread for inspiration as I've just managed to pick up a 350g bag from the reduced veg section.

This very simple recipe looks good. I think with a grilled piece of salmon and new potatoes would be delicious.

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/pat ... pe-1938670
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Re: Green Beans

Postby Kavey » March 18th, 2018, 7:08 am

I like green beans, though I never used to! This is a recipe I think they're lovely in: https://www.kaveyeats.com/2014/06/green ... ssing.html
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Re: Green Beans

Postby WWordsworth » March 18th, 2018, 1:56 pm

Madhur's Guajarati green beans is a favourite here.
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