I thought I would give you a little break from all the Christmas desserts you've no doubt been seeing en masse lately. Not that there's anything wrong with Christmas desserts; I have a few to share with you too, but those will have to wait for another day because today I've got veggies on the brain. This is a super simple, but really tasty, green bean recipe I came up with this summer. Goes really well with Asian dishes.
Sesame Garlic Green Beans
12 oz. fresh green beans, trimmed
2 tsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, grated
1 tbsp sesame seeds
Salt, to taste
Boil or steam green beans until desired tenderness. Drain well.
Meanwhile, heat olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the garlic and sesame seeds and toast, stirring frequently, until garlic is fragrant and seeds are lightly toasted. Add green beans and stir to evenly coat them with the garlic and sesame seeds. Warning: sesame seeds may pop and hop around!
Season with salt to taste.
Makes 4 servings.
I use the Pampered Chef Microcooker to cook my green beans in the microwave. I trim them, throw them in there, cover with water, season with salt, cover, and microwave. I like my green beans on the very tender side (but never mushy!), so I cook mine for about 11-12 minutes. Most people like theirs less done than that, so start with 5-8 minutes and check on them.
These beans make a very pretty side dish. Since I like my beans tender, I love the little bits of crunch that the sesame seeds give. So good. My kids really liked these too.