Thursday, September 10, 2015

Knock-off Chinese-Style Sesame Green Beans #recipe @LucyBurdette

LUCY BURDETTE:  Fact--I cannot resist sesame green beans in a Chinese restaurant, even though I know they are loaded with fat and salt. When I saw the colander full of beans that my hub had picked in our garden last week, I knew I would attempt my own version.

But first, I should tell you that these beans were hard fought treasures. A family of woodchucks moved in across the road and decimated our crops three times over. Finally Farmer John's layers of netting and booby traps including hot sauce and cayenne pepper kept them out, barely averting disaster: He insisted I order a trap and threatened to send me and Tonka out there with a gun to spend the night. (Ha!)


2 handfuls of fresh green beans
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon butter
dash of sesame oil
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1-2 tablespoons of soy sauce

Cut the ends off the green beans, break into 2-inch pieces, blanch quickly in boiling water. 

Heat the three oils together. Stir-fry the blanched beans in the oil for several minutes. Add the sesame seeds and continue to stir. Add the soy sauce and stir until the liquid is slightly reduced. Turn the heat off and cover the pan.


Pretty darned good! We ate every one that same night. Oh so delicious, Mr. Woodchuck, so sorry you couldn't make it to dinner...

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  1. I'm glad the woodchuck left you enough for this delicious dish without you and Tonka having to stand watch!

  2. Mmmm, bi-color corn, yummy beans, and a fresh pasta salad.
    We have critters that keep attacking our various bulbs. They either eat them to the ground and/or pull them out of the dirt.

  3. Thanks Celia and Libby! We wouldn't mind sharing with the other creatures, but when they leave nothing behind and do none of the work, we get mad! Sorry about your bulbs Libby…

  4. I'm also a fan of Chinese-style sesame green beans, and I will definitely try this recipe. Looks like a keeper to me. Thank you for sharing, Lucy/Roberta! ~ Cleo

  5. I did a little happy dance as soon as I saw the title of your blog today, you always share the best recipes! Our green bean crop has been plentiful this year, even though they're Chinese I may have to throw them in with our fajita Friday meal plan! :-)

    1. You're so sweet Nicole! Your Friday fajitas sound delicious! xo

  6. thanks Cleo, we could eat the whole meal of green beans!

  7. Lucy/Roberta, you made me chuckle about poor Mr. Woodchuck, but also reminded me to make this dish again, as soon as I get more sesame seeds! Hubby is a green bean fanatic, so this will make him happy. Thanks for the recipe, and of course your delicious books!

  8. LOL! I'm always up for the veggies in Chinese restaurants. I have all the ingredients at home, except for the green beans. Hmm. Oh, Mr. Woodchuck? Would you show me the way into the garden? I'll split my haul with you.

  9. thanks for doing the giveaway could always use a new tote as I am tough on them