Green beans

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Chazza

Green beans

French beans and runner beans seem to have survived the wet weather pretty well, we are enjoying a plentiful supply at the moment.

I cut them to about one and a half inches then simmer them with a little onion in stock until al dente. I use Japanese miso for stock but any should be fine. Then they're drained and mixed with about half as much chopped pickled beetroot, given a good shower of soy sauce, mixed together and decorated with chopped spring onion for a filling fat-free lunch.

Does anyone have any other recipes?

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Darkginger

Green beans

Not really a recipe as such, but I've just eaten my low carb Sunday lunch - roast lamb with stir-fried cabbage and green beans. I just melted some butter, tossed the beans and cabbage in it over a medium heat, added the juices from the roast, a teaspoonful of Colman's Garden Mint (NOT mint sauce, it has sugar in it), and squeezed in some garlic I'd roasted alongside the lamb. It was really very yummy!

Something else you can do with green beans is to toss them in a little oil, then spread on a baking sheet and cook in a hot oven until they're browned and crispy - believe it or not, they taste like chips (especially sprinkled with a bit of salt) - which is great for low carb eaters like me :) Great snack food.

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Chazza

Green bean chips

"Something else you can do with green beans is to toss them in a little oil, then spread on a baking sheet and cook in a hot oven until they're browned and crispy - believe it or not, they taste like chips..."

Darkginger, I have to try that! I might try a few runner beans too. Can't wait!

Your lunch sounds very tasty too.

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sam from worthing

Green Beans

Have a go at Delia's Runner Bean Chutney.

http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/type-of-dish/vegetarian-food/spiced-pickled-runner-beans.html

I can highly recommend this, especially if you like and enjoy indian curries - its a great accompiament - like mango chutney.

Also its great with cold cuts at christmas - wonderful christmas hamper gift.

3 months!!!!!!! get pickling.

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Chazza

Green bean chips

Well I gave them a try but I may have done something wrong because they came out with toughened skin and a rubbery inside except for when the ends burned. Mostly they had a good flavour though they needed the salt, and they were an interesting talking point. And they all got eaten.

Between the burned bit and the not particularly successful bit was a short section which was cooked perfectly, it was golden brown, crispy all through and had a great nutty flavour.

I plan to try again but this time I'll trim the ends so they're the same thickness all the way through, and I'll cook them on a low heat to dry them out first, then a very high heat to crisp them to the point of burning.

If that doesn't work I could imagine par-boiling to soften the skins, drying and tossing in oil then torching them as above. Or deep frying them.

And if that doesn't work there's a good chip shop about a mile away.

Did anyone else try?

There are some runner beans in the freezer awaiting a chutney day too.

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Queen of Puds

french bean chips

can you do the same with stringless flat beans does anyone know?

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Chazza

Green beans

Are flat stringless beans different from runner beans? The string in runner beans gives me a problem, is this a variety with the string bred out or a different plant?

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Queen of Puds

stringless beans

I have no idea, I don't grow anything - these came from the supermarket. They are essentially like runner beans, but largely flat instead of curved & a tad shorter than runners - best I can describe, imagine you used a steam roller on a pack of french beans & made them an inch wide & twice as long?!

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Chazza

Green beans

:-) Off to Lakeland for me imaginary steam roller ...

I suppose they're youthful runner beans then, Wikipedia (I looked up green beans) says:

"Green beans, also known as French beans, string beans, snap beans or squeaky beans, are the unripe fruit of specific cultivated varieties of the common bean ...

No flat bean in there though.

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Queen of Puds

flat beans

Sorry - missed your reply yesterday.

In Sainsbugs & Tesco they are called Stringless Beans, not flat beans (although they are actually kind of flat).

Anyway, can I make bean chips out of them do you think?? Perhaps they'd be bean scallops!

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Chazza

Green chips

No problem - but you'll have to ask Darkginger. I imagine it would work just the same.

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Darkginger

Bean chips

The beans I usually use are those pre-trimmed French (fresh) beans you can get in packs in the supermarket - they're a lot straighter than any I've ever grown myself, hence eliminating the 'sticky up' bits that get cooked before the rest of the bean. There are usually some under or over cooked parts, but I just nibble around them :)

Not sure how it would work with other beans, cos I haven't tried them - maybe I will, and let you know - or maybe someone else will try them first!

 
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