What to make with green beans?

United States
August 9, 2009 8:55am CST
My Uncle helps out some of the farmers @ the farmers market & n return they give him the produce they are unable to sell that day (& then they don't have to haul it home either!) Because he cannot eat it all he passes it along to My Aunt & Me. So now he gave me probably 3lbs of fresh green beans. What can I do with them? THe only thing I make w/ green beans is Taterot caserole & that's with canned + it's hot and humid out so I don't want anything that would go in the oven. I was possibly thinking to put them in the crock pot with some pork chops + potatos in the crock pot OR if I had the ingredients to make a stirfry n the wok. Any suggestions?
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25 responses
10 Aug 09
Yes stir fry would be great - you might have to cook them a bit longer than the rest of the veg. You could also cook them and add to quiche. Or just on their own with a knob of butter as an accompaniment to meat. Cooked and cold they can be added to salad. Mix with diced cooked potato and maybe chopped onion and mayonnaise
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@cegypt01 (73)
• United States
10 Aug 09
You could make what a friend of mine made with her green bean's she canned them and called them Dilly Bean's they taste wonderful (they are picked green beans. The crock pot with pork chops sound delicious. and stirfry is always good, maybe with some chicken?
• United States
10 Aug 09
sorry about the picked green beans I meant pickled, it sure would be nice if I could spell words correctly
@owlwings (39393)
• Cambridge, England
10 Aug 09
I would try the following recipe, which actually calls for small broad beans (faba beans, I believe they are called in some places) cooked when the pods are still small and tender. It comes from a book of Jewish cookery and is called Pul Behtarmil (Broad Beans in Pod) but I think that it's a fairly general Mediterranean and Near Eastern dish. One thing that might be useful for you is that it freezes well and can be served hot or cold. Adjust quantities in proportion. [b]PUL BEHTARMIL (Broad Beans in Pod)[/b] Cooking time: 30 - 40 mins; Serves 6 Ingredients 1 lb fresh broad beans (or green string beans) in pod 4 tbs oil 2 1/2 oz onion, chopped 1 clove garlic 1 tbs chopped parsley 1 tbs chopped fresh dill 1/2 tsp ground cumin or 1 tsp cumin seeds (fennel or caraway seed can also be used but cumin is best) salt and pepper to taste about 1 cup (250ml) water Chop the onion and wash and string the beans (if necessary), slice them, pod and bean together. Heat the oil and add the beans, onion and crushed garlic and fry, stirring, for just a minute or two. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to the boil. Add only enough water to keep the mixture from frying. Cover the pan and cook slowly for about 30 minutes. You can add any desired tomato sauce towards the end of cooking. I generally add a tin of chopped tomatoes. You can either serve hot, perhaps with a sprinkling of parmesan, as a side dish or cold with cold meats.
@owlwings (39393)
• Cambridge, England
10 Aug 09
It is also a delicious light yet satisfying dish on its own served with bread, rice or potatoes.
• United States
28 Aug 09
It's easy to include these as a side item in many different types of meals. You could make them with a steak dish, pork chops, beef stew, grilled chicken, etc. I like to cut them up and put them in a chicken and egg salad also.
@babyjesus (277)
19 Aug 09
I saute them with carrots and cabbage with little meat. I put them in stew and soups. I also include them in my potato egg salad and sometimes i use to cook salad with green beans. There are so many recipe you can use with green beans.
@dragon54u (31615)
• United States
13 Aug 09
You know, if you boil them for 3 minutes, remove them from the water and let them cool, you can freeze them and eat "fresh" green beans all winter! I like them boiled till tender in water with about half a piece of bacon to flavor them. Good stuff!
@taface412 (3177)
• United States
11 Aug 09
I love green beans and when I say I love them I LOVE them. They are one of the most verasitile veggies to cook with. Pair them with potatoes and onions you can do wonders. I slice up some potatoes, onions and throw in beans in a fry pan place a little water in there with some butter...and you have an instant tasty side dish that is wonderful. Chop up some potatoes into quarters, throw in gr beans and sausage, seasoning like a beef buoillon into a crock pot with enough water to cover the potatoes...wah-la an instant one dish meal. Add some home made cornbread and you had a full meal. You can also add onions if you like them too...I do all the time. Also you can make gr bean casserole easily. Recipes on the fried onions cannister. I also eat a few raw as I am snapping my beans before I blanche them to freeze them. They are easy to blanche, just prepare them boil for a few minutes on a rolling boil and them let cool. Place in a ziploc vaccuum seal freezer bag and pump out the air. I already have about four gallons of beans in my freezer this year from my garden and hope to have much more before the end of the season. Hope this helps.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
10 Aug 09
Why don't u put then in the freezer/ ALL U HAVE TO DO IS BLANCHE THEM , LET THEM COOL & THE PUT THEM in frezzer bags . They will come in handy & be good later on. When i cook greeb beans i alwways put onion in them & potatoes on top. Sometimes i will put carrots on top to.
@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
10 Aug 09
You could try baking it in the microwave. Its quicker and doesnt make alot of heat like a regular oven. I love green bean casserole. Or just plain green beans. If its too much you can freeze serving size portions.
@jerzgirl (8013)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
10 Aug 09
If you like ham and potatoes, put the ham in a pot of water along with the peeled and cut up potatoes and the trimmed green beans. Cook them all together until the potatoes and beans are cooked through and the ham is hot. Take the ham out and slice it to serve. Put the potatoes and beans in a serving dish. The ham flavors the potatoes and beans perfectly. You eat the potatoes like you would baked potatoes. I grew up onm this - I love it! You can also use a leftover ham you'd baked that has plenty of meat left. The meat will fall off the bone - no slicing necessary!!
• United States
10 Aug 09
I don't really have any ideas for you as I don't like green beans. My husband and son like green beans though so sometimes I cook some to go along as a vegetable with our dinner. I have a friend that grew some green beans in his garden and he took a lot of them and canned them for later on when they want to use them.
@erikmama (12931)
• United States
10 Aug 09
You can always freeze them, or better yet, a lot places have food banks that would gladly accept them and give them to needy families.
@jennifer611 (2502)
• United States
10 Aug 09
My absolute favorite think to do with green beans is to make green bean casserole. I love that stuff. one thing my husband would do is cook them with some potatoes and ham. another thing that I notice restaurants doing now, which I did think was weird, they make fried green beans. another idea would be to freeze them. or if you all have quite a bit of extra produce, the food pantry's and kitchens could always use the extra help. other then that, I am sure there are TONS of green bean recipes online. have fun with those green beans! :)
• United States
10 Aug 09
Green Beans - Seasoned Green beans with pimentos added for color
You can boil green beans. Add just a little salt, and a few slices of bacon to the pot. Cook for about thirty to forty minutes. Serve with cornbread. Very good. If you are vegetarian, try the seasoned green beans, with pimento added. It's also very good, and easy to prepare. You can also can those extra green beans. This is very simple, and you have fresh green beans, any time you want, without having to buy from the store.
• United States
10 Aug 09
I use fresh green beans in a crockpot with potatoes and cubed ham also add some onion to flavor....It's so delicious! Sometimes i also add some jalapenos. Or you could do a stirfry then add the cooked stirfry over a semi smashed baked potatoe and add some cheese on top!
@dlr297 (5415)
• United States
10 Aug 09
What i do with fresh green beans is: Wash them, and then snap them in about 1 inch or smaller pieces... Cover them with water and cook for about a hour. Strain and then put back in pot with fresh water. Then i add about 3 cut up carrots, cut up a onion and add,,,then i fry about 3 pork chops.....cut them in small pieces and add...about 4 red potatoes....cut up and add....salt and pepper. Make sure it is all completely covered with water and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for another 2 or 3 hours. I do not know the weight of beans that i use, but i use enough beans to fill a good sized colander once they are split into pieces. It is so good,, I make this all the time, We grow green beans in our garden every year
• United States
9 Aug 09
Deep Fried Green Beans is the answer you're looking for. You can find about a million different variations, but essentially just make a batter for them, dip them, and then dry them in oil. It's crazy how good they are. I don't even like green beans much, but I could eat about a million of these things.
@Razzles (391)
• United States
9 Aug 09
There are a lot of good recipes that you can make with green beans. One good one is a string bean casserole with cream of mushroom soup. Another one is a cool and refreshing one. It is three bean salad recipe- It calls for 1 16oz can of green beans, a 16oz can of waxed beans and a 16 oz can of kidney beans. Mix 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1/4 cup of vinegar together and pouR over the beans. Then put it in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
• United States
9 Aug 09
There is a lot of green bean desserts. There is green bean cakes and green bean drinks. If its hot where you are then you probably could fix up some cold green bean drinks.
• United States
9 Aug 09
I always like to throw in some small red potatos (or other colors of potatoes) and some onion in with the green beans and cook them all together. You'd have to come up with some sort of meat to go with it, if you eat meat. Mac n cheese works well with it though and is easy to make!