Szechuan green beans

Yield: 8 servings

Measure Ingredient
6 \N Garlic cloves, peeled
2 \N Quarter-sized slices ginger
2 \N Scallions, cut in 2\" lengths
1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
1 teaspoon Hot red-pepper flakes
1 tablespoon Soy sauce
1 tablespoon Rice wine vinegar
1 pounds Green beans, tipped/tailed

Peel garlic and ginger. Smash garlic. Trim scallions and cut into 2" lengths (don't be fancy, the next step is a food processor). Place garlic, ginger, and scallions into a food processor and process until finely chopped. Remove to a 14x11x2" dish. Add oil and pepper flakes. Cook in microwave, uncovered, at 100% for 3 minutes.

Remove from microwave and stir in remaining ingredients, tossing gently to coat green beans. Cook, uncovered, at 100% for 10-15 minutes, stirring 4-5 times.

Serve hot or cold.

Notes: This recipe takes only a tablespoon of oil for a pound of green beans. I have used half that with good success. These are good cold for picnics or between meal snacks.

From: "Microwave Gourmet" by Barbara Kafka. Wm.Morrow & Co., 1987.

(A *great* cookbook)

Nancy H. Miller

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