Szechuan Green Beans

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Yield: 4 servings

Cook time:15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

1 pound green beans, ends trimmed

1 teaspoon canola oil

½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (less if you prefer a gentler heat)

2-5 garlic cloves, finely chopped (more the better)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Adjust the oven rack to the highest position and preheat the oven to broil. On a rimmed baking sheet, add the green beans. Broil until the beans are almost tender and are speckled with black spots, rotating the baking sheet halfway through cooking, about 10 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and turn the beans out into a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a small skillet set over medium-low heat, add the oil. Once the oil starts to shimmer, add the red pepper flakes and cook, stirring occasionally, until they turn a slightly darker shade of red, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and immediately add the sherry vinegar. Swirl the skillet, then stir in the soy sauce.
  3. Pour the garlic-vinegar sauce over the green beans. Toss well. Place the ginger pulp in your palm and squeeze the ginger over the beans to extract the juice; discard the pulp. Toss the ginger juice with the beans and serve. Calories per Serving: 49; Sodium: 91mg; Total Carbohydrate: 9g; Fiber: 3g; Fat: 1g