I don’t know why I continue to overuse the word ‘sexy’. I really need to consult a thesaurus as I need to boost my descriptive word choices. But, for now, these sesame green beans will have to remain ‘sexy’.
My brother came over for dinner earlier this week and we are both eating much healthier these days. I made a broiled salmon and served it over these flavorful beans. The recipe is quick and simple, so don’t blink or you’ll miss it.
Blanch the beans, toss with a teaspoon of sesame oil, sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. Before blanching, I trimmed my beans then added to boiling water. I cooked them for about 3 minutes until they became vibrant green and started to become tender. I drained them and added back to the pan where I tossed with the drizzle of sesame oil and sesame seeds.
Don’t let simplicity fool you – the sesame oil perfumes the air and gives the beans a light nutty flavor. The toasted sesame seeds add a little extra crunch and pop with toasty goodness when you bite into the beans. Sesame oil is a great pantry investment as a tiny amount can add so much flavor to stir-fry, soups, and salads.
I also planned to add fresh lemon zest for a citrus kick but we were talking and somewhere along the way I forgot to add it. A pinch of red pepper flake or chopped red chilies would be a nice addition too.
My brother hadn’t experienced having his dinner plated and photographed before eating, so he patiently watched while I did my thing. I tried to be quick but our dinner ended up a lukewarm .. the price you have to pay for doing writing a food blog. :-)
Tomorrow I will post the broiled salmon that accompanied these delicious beans. I used a mustard glaze with lots of herbs and garlic.