Saturday, July 25, 2009

green bean & peanut stir fry

i tend to make solo meals more spicy than when i'm cooking for others. this particular evening i was craving a stir fry, and had some fresh green beans lying around. i decided to add in some peanuts and give it healthy dose of chili oil. the green bean and peanut combination was fantastic!

  • 1 ½ tablespoon chili oil
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1 tablespoon veggie hoisin
  • 1/4 cup party peanuts
  • 1 large handful green beans (about 25)
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 3/4 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
add oils, peanuts and garlic into a wok or large non-stick skillet. sauté on high for 1 minute. then add in the fresh green beans and stir fry until oil has almost cooked off. it's likely that your green beans are probably not very tender, so at this point, add in the water and hoisin and turn down heat to medium. let the water steam/cook the beans for while, stirring often. as the water starts to cook off (about 5-7 minutes), you'll find a nice glaze from the oil and soy starts to coat the beans and peanuts. this glaze is what i find so tasty about this dish. remove from heat when glaze is at your desired consistency. i think a thick coating with very little liquid, so i cook the full 7 minutes. if you are serving over rice, you might want it a little bit more fluid.

the measurements above were for a single-serving meal, so double or triple as necessary.


iRaw said...

Looks good, miss v! I have a bunch of green beans that need to be used and your recipe sounds delicious.

Jeni Treehugger said...

That looks ridiculously good. I like a LOT of heat and that bowl's packing it!

Adam said...

Nice job, I love the peanuts in with everything. It's an awesome way to party them up :)

jessy said...

chili oil = magical, and so are green beans and peanuts. :) you're too awesome, miss v.! another gloriously good dish dan & i will have to make! mmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

Sal said...

sounds awesome.

I dunno what party peanuts are but they sound like fun!! :)

veggie belly said...

This sounds like an amazing combination of ingredients!

Jen said...

as usual, the miss v cafe looks great. what i would do to have y'all come cook for me when cookie gets here!

Anonymous said...

Great idea! Adding nuts to green beans is a sure way to get my daughter to like green beans better!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

That looks perfect!

A_and_N said...

I'm making this tonite! I love such stir fries

The Healthy Apple said...

I love making peanut stir-fry...that looks amazing....don't the peanuts add the perfect crunch? I love 'em!

Have a great day.


The Healthy Apple

Usha said...

I would have never thought to use peanuts with beans, this looks perfect !