Ginger juice elevates Szechuan-style green beans
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We've been obsessed with Szechuan-style green beans ever since the early days of Betelnut in San Francisco. Well, with a little kitchen creativity, they can also be a healthful side dish. A mere smidgen of canola oil is melded with fragrant chile, garlic, sherry vinegar and soy sauce before being tossed with oven-roasted beans. The real trick? Squeezing the juice of freshly grated ginger over the legumes for added flavor--without additional fat. Thus, our obsession deepens.
Szechuan Green Beans
Yield: 4 servings
Cook Time: 15 minutes
1 pound green beans, ends trimmed
1 teaspoon canola oil
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (less if you prefer a gentler heat)
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
1 teaspoon soy sauce
½-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled (use the edge of a teaspoon to scrape off the skin) and grated