Thursday, October 10, 2013

sesame soy green beans

I saw these green beans a looooong time ago on a Rachael Ray cooking show and I have loved them ever since. I've cooked them in the oven, I've added and removed things, but this is still my favorite way to eat green beans. Hands down!
Look at that face. It's hard to stop cuddling and start cooking. She usually follows me into the kitchen anyway, so it's not so bad!
Here's something important- use fresh green beans! My grocery store goes back and forth between having packaged fresh green beans and loose fresh green beans. I prefer the loose because then I don't have to buy 2 lbs of green beans in one shot, but somehow I managed to snag this bag- just over 1 lb. Perfect. Make sure you snap off the little vines that are sometimes attached and slice them in half.
You want the green beans to still be snappy and crunchy, so they don't need to be boiled for long. The colors will brighten up and be super vibrant but don't boil for more than 5 minutes.
Strain and get off allll the water. We'll be using hot oil in a minute, and oil and water do NOT mix.
Hot hot, smoking hot oil is what you need. These will cook up super fast.
These literally cooked for about 30 seconds- see how crispy they are already getting? Keep them moving in the pan for about 2 minutes, then add in the soy sauce and sesame oil.
Let this bubble around the beans for about a minute, get them all coated and perfect then sprinkle on some sesame seeds. That's it! Easy, and super scrumptious.
Sesame Soy Green Beans
1 lb fresh green beans, cleaned and slice in half
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
3 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
Sesame seeds

In a large stock pot, boil enough water to cover the green beans. Drop in green beans and cook for 5 minutes. Drain and remove all water. Meanwhile, heat vegetable oil in a large wok or saute pan until oil is smoking hot. Add in dried green beans and keep them moving in the hot oil so they don't burn. Cook for about 2 minutes, then add in soy sauce and sesame oil. Cook and additional minute, then remove from heat and garnish with sesame seeds. Enjoy!