Thai Style Green Beans

Damn tasty and damn easy to make! If you are looking for a new way to dress up your green beans… I believe it has arrived. Peanut butter mixed with hoisin makes these beans sweet and savory all at the same time. The heat of the pepper flakes and ginger add a little punch that will linger on your palette. Serve alongside a spicy curry or piece of grilled meat. Regardless, you’ll be craving these delightful beans for days to come.

Makes 2-4 servings

1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon chopped shallot
1 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
Minced fresh cilantro, optional

In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, peanut butter and red pepper flakes; set aside. In a medium skillet, saute shallot and ginger in oil over medium heat for 2 minutes or until tender. Add green beans; cook and stir for 3 minutes or until crisp and tender. Add reserved sauce; toss to coat. Sprinkle with cilantro if desired.

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