Jan 03 2014
I saw Gordon Ramsay cook this dish on his Food Network show, “Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Home Cooking.” (Don’t have the app yet, as I’m waiting for a reason to spend $6.99 on such a thing, but it is available in the App Store.) I was intrigued that someone combined my favourite vegetable of all time with peanut butter, and wondered how it tasted. The answer? De.lightful. OMG, it was so good!!! He used toasted sesame seeds to top his but, being fresh out, I opted for almonds instead. They still gave the intended crunch and texture to the dish, and tasted mighty fine too, I have to add. This is one I’ll be coming back to again and again, I’m sure.
1 pound green beans, trimmed $3.49
2 tablespoons butter $0.12
2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter $0.36
1 tablespoon soy sauce $0.05
1 tablespoon rice vinegar $0.14
2 green onions, sliced $0.14
1/2 cup almonds, roughly chopped $0.55
Total Cost $4.85
1.) Place green beans in a large skillet and cover completely with water. Cover, bring to a boil and cook until beans are almost done, just shy of tender.
2.) Meanwhile, place chopped almonds in a separate skillet over medium heat and toast, shaking the pan or turning the nuts regularly to keep them from burning. Just as the nuts begin to brown, remove them from the heat.
3.) Combine peanut butter, soy sauce, green onions, and rice vinegar in a bowl and set aside.
4.) When beans are finished cooking, drain them in a colander, giving the skillet a quick wipe if needed. Place the pan back over medium heat and melt two tablespoons of butter inside. When butter is melted, return beans to the pan. Pour in the peanut butter sauce and cook, stirring to coat the beans entirely in the sauce. Cook for just a minute or two, until the entire mixture is completely warmed through.
5.) Remove the green beans from the heat, transfer to a serving dish, and top with toasted almonds.
6.) Serve and enjoy!