When you think of green beans, what comes to mind?
I think of mushy, grayish canned food that triggers old memories of grade school lunch. They were never a favorite of mine growing up, but my evolved palate (humor me) has me craving and wanting these delicious long beans. Imagine my joy when I went to the Farmer’s Market and saw that they were on sale for $1 a bag! I grabbed two along with other deals they had and went home a happy girl.
The hard decision was if I should prepare them with a fresh touch (lemon and garlic) or more hearty and flavorful. I drew inspiration from Mission Chinese. As a group, we really loved the flavor the jalapeño brought to the dish so I thought it would be a nice add-on for this week’s recipe.
Jalapeño Green Bean Stir Fry
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
- 3/4-1 Lb Green Beans
- 1 Medium Jalapeño or 2 Small Ones
- 3 Cloves Garlic
- Small Handful of Peanuts (20~)
- 2 Tbs Soy Sauce
- 1 Tsp Seasame Oil
- 1 Tsp Rice Vinegar
- 2 Tbs Peanut Oil (not pictured)
- 1/2 Tsp Sugar (not pictured)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/4 Cup Water
1. Wash the green beans well and pinch/cut off both sides of the ends. Chop them in half so they are all equally about 2-3 inches long.
2. Cut the jalapeño in half and into very thin slivers. Dice the garlic and crush the peanuts either by hand or with a food processor/blender.
3. Mix the soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar and 1/2 tsp of sugar in a small bowl.
4. Heat up the pan on high and pour in the peanut oil. Let it get hot and drop the garlic and green beans in immediately. Pour the 1/4 cup of water and cover for 2-3 minutes.
5. Stir the green beans frequently and then pour in the sauce you prepared earlier. Taste them periodically, they should still be crisp but a little soft on the inside. Salt and pepper to taste.
6. While the green beans are cooking, toast up the crushed peanuts on medium low until thy are nice and toasty.
7. Garnish with peanuts.
You can put the green beans in a pasta or eat it with Mapo Tofu. I chose to grill a piece of chicken and marinade it with similar flavors as the green beans.
So delicious and the jalapeño adds a great kick to a dish that’s normally more toned down.
To keep you bloggers on your toes, I want to show you what I had for desert. I know each and every one of you are obsessed with Froyo and I find myself craving it more and more.
What flavors do you usually get? Tart froyo is my favorite but I was tempted to try the Mango Lassi. Unfortunately, once I love something I have to keep ordering it.
Raspberry tart with crushed peanuts, graham crackers, oreos, raspberries and strawberries. So bomb.
What’s your favorite summer veggie? Frozen yogurt or old fashion ice cream?
PS: I know being fashionably late is acceptable, but I pretty much arrived at the end of the party. I just joined Twitter! Follow me so I can read everyone’s stuff!