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Aug. 16th, 2009 10:43 pm
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our allotment has produced an amazing surfeit of green beans.

we've been giving them away to anyone who'll take them, which is becoming fairly comical.

and also starting to run short of ideas for exciting and creative ways to use them (sadly our freezer space is limited...)

so if there is anyone out there who can either

a) take some green beans (and get them from us in place [livejournal.com profile] urizen or i is likely to be)

or

b) suggest good recipes for using them (bonus points for green beans as part of a main dish, rather than a side, or tasty cold dishes that would make interesting lunches. not so much with chutneys and pickles, as neither of us is very fond)

it would be greatly appreciated.

i've no idea what we'll do when we start picking the squash...

mmmm green beans!

Date: 2009-08-17 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nosuchweather.livejournal.com
they're really good cooked and tossed with olive oil&basalmic vinegar&goat/cheese, eaten warm. if you mash up a few potatoes and add them, it's a hearty main dish. oh, garlic&salt&pepper&spices are good in this too. it also saves well to eat cold the next day.

i wonder if you could puree them with some tomatoes and oil and garlic and make a green-bean-based gazpacho thingy?

Date: 2009-08-17 11:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lucfia.livejournal.com
4 cups green beans cut into one-inch pieces
1 can of red kidney beans
1 can haricot beans or chickpeas
1/2 cup red pepper
cover with french dressing or oil and vinegar and marinate for at least two hours or overnight. really lovely with crusty bread as a cold lunch

Date: 2009-08-17 03:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grey-damaskena.livejournal.com
My mom makes a "chicken divan" casserole, which is chunks of chicken with a sauce of chicken broth, custard, and mayonnaise, on a base of broccoli with cheese on top. I'm not a big broccoli fan, so I replace that with green beans and sweet corn and it tastes great. I don't have the exact recipe, but it's really yummy . . .

Alas, I don't have a recipe, but I can send you another for a gnocci skillet toss where I just throw in tons of vegetables to make up for the beans I leave out. ::wry::

I <3 green beans . . .

Date: 2009-08-17 03:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grey-damaskena.livejournal.com
You can pretty much substitute them or add them to just about all recipes that call for vegetables. ::wry:: They taste great in stir fry, for instance, nice and crisp. Over the weekend I ate this extremely tasty dish that was just mushrooms sauteed in butter, salt, parsley, and fennel . . . gods it tasted so good. I bet you could make it really easily with green beans.

Date: 2009-08-19 12:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] babs181.livejournal.com
do you like to pickle/can. Google Dilly beans, and you'll find all sorts of recipes. Or simply look for canning recipes. Squash you can freeze and can. I'm doing lots of freezing with veggies from my csa. I know you don't have tons of freezer space, but this is something, blanching is really easy, and for canning all you need are jars and a big pot.

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