All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2012
These are unapologetically garlicky!!! The garlic is cooked to the point that it looks burnt but – trust me – it tastes delicious. And these are very easy.
Garlicky Garlic Green Beans
1 lb green beans – ends trimmed
1 tsp olive oil
1 TBS sesame oil
1/4 cup water
10 (or more) garlic cloves chopped
Sesame seeds for garnish
Heat the olive & sesame oils in a large saute pan. Add the green beans & saute for about 2-3 minutes. Add the chopped garlic & saute another 2 minutes – stirring frequently – until the garlic turns to a light brown. Add the water & cover your pan – letting the beans steam for at least 5 minutes – or until they are nearly done to your liking.
Uncover & add the Garlic Black Bean (or oyster sauce). Saute until all the water cooks off – and be sure to stir so that all the beans become covered in the sauce. Add more sauce – if you like. Continue to stir fry until the garlic gets to a nice deep brown – even black – and seems on the verge of getting crispy. Add salt to taste – if you think it needs it.
Transfer to a serving dish & sprinkle liberally with sesame seeds (regular or toasted are fine).
If the garlic clumps & looks burned – that’s OK. That was how mine was & I found both my guest and I were fishing around seeking those burnt clumps out because they were so delicious!