Sunday, September 9, 2007

Recipe: Sesame-Glazed Green Beans

1/2 lb. green beans, trimmed
1/2 c. water
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into julienne strips
1 T soy sauce
1/2 t. cornstarch
1 t. dry mustard
1 T honey
1 T dark sesame oil
1 T toasted sesame seeds (optional)

1. Put the green beans and water into a saucepan, and bring the water to a boil. Simmer the beans, uncovered, until they are almost tender and there is just a bit of water left, then stir in the red pepper strips. Simmer a little longer, until the beans are tender and all of the water has evaporated. Take the pan off the heat.

2. While the beans cook, combine the soy sauce, cornstarch, dry mustard, and honey in a small bowl. Put the green beans back over medium-high heat, and add the soy mixture. Toss until the vegetables are well coated, letting the sauce boil and thicken a bit.

3. Take the pan off the heat. Drizzle in the sesame oil, and sprinkle on the toasted sesame seeds, if you are using them. Serve the beans immediately.

Variation: For a kick, add 1/4 t. chile flakes to the soy mixture.

From: Vegetarian Planet via Susan

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