Szechuan Green Beans


The other day I was making dinner and was looking for a way to make something out of green beans and the ingredients in my pantry.  I could have made sauteed green beans with onions and garlic or green beans with bacon, but I wanted something a bit more exciting with some spice.  These szechuan green beans were the answer.  When you have a well stocked pantry the possibilities are endless.

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Szechuan Green Beans
1 lb green beans, trimmed and chopped
1 tbs canola oil
1 tbs ginger, minced
1 tbs garlic, minced
3 scallions, chopped
1/2 tsp chili paste
1 tbs rice wine vinegar
1 tbs honey
salt and pepper
2 tsp toasted sesame oil

Place green beans in a large saute pan and fill with water until just covered, place over high heat and cover pan with lid.  Bring mixture to a boil then reduce to a simmer, let cook for 5 minutes. Drain water and remove beans from pan, set aside.  Reduce heat to medium high and add canola oil, ginger, garlic and scallions, cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add chili paste, rice wine vinegar, honey, and season with salt and pepper.  Add green beans back to the pan and stir to combine, cook for another 5 minutes.  Turn off the heat and add toasted sesame oil to finish.


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