Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Hot Szechuan Style Green Beans

D and I always joke about green beans. I didn't know they didn't come from a can growing up. He didn't know that you didn't have to cook them with a ham hock for 15 hours and have a pile of mush.

So we are almost always willing to try recipes for them.  I got this one from a Weight Watchers Chat Page.

Really, you should make these now.  They were delicious. We actually put the sauce on the boring chicken to help it get some flavor.  Will have these again.

Hot Szechuan Style Green Beans 

Posted by donna1408
4 servings

2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
2 tsp sugar
1 serving(s) hot chili flakes, 1/4 tsp (we didn't have)
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (used 1/2 tsp)
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
2 clove(s) garlic clove(s), minced
2 tbsp ginger root, minced
1 pound(s) cut green beans, fresh

Cut beans 2 to 3inch lengths. In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, chili flakes and pepper. Place a large skillet over high heat, when the skillet is hot add the beans and 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook, stirring once, until the liquid is gone. Add the oil, garlic and ginger to the skillet, stir until the beans and garlic are slightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Add soy sauce mixture to the skillet, bring to a boil and stir until most of the liquid is evaporated and the sauce thickens and coats the beans, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour into a serving dish and serve hot or cold.

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