Whenever I make this easy green bean dish, I think, “why don’t I have this every day?” It’s so simple and fast to cook and it gets all my favorite flavors in one place, salty, garlicky and spicy. Throw a fried egg on top, serve with rice, and you have a delicious meal. A great side dish to go along with Classic Sesame Noodles or Filipino Chicken Adobo.
I’ve been making these a lot lately at different events around the city. They’re a great party food so they’re perfect when there’s a crowd. They also surprise people. They’re like vegetable chicken fingers! I suggest in Good and Cheap that you serve them with peanut sauce, but people have enjoyed them with sour cream and scallions, spiced yogurt and even salsa. And now that it’s solidly asparagus season well, it’s time to try crusting them!
I just love green beans. I am always excited to find new recipes for them. This one is inspired by a long beans dish at Selamat Pagi, a fabulous Balinese restaurant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
It’s warm and spicy from the jalapeño and sweet from the coconut and caramelized shallot. You’ll love it.
This is more of a warm salad than a side dish but could work as either. You cook the green beans and coconut in the oven and then pour the warm dressing over it.