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Green Beans + Breadcrumbs

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Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
1 cup Green beans, trimmed
1 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tbsp Minced Garlic
Topping:
1/4 cup Breadcrumbs
1 tbsp Sesame Seeds
1 Lemon Zest
1tsp Piri Piri Powder
1tsp Smoked Paprika
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Dried Oregano
1 tsp Dried Thyme
1/4 tsp Salt

Green Beans + Breadcrumbs

  • Serves 2
  • Medium

Ingredients

  • Topping:

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This is perhaps the funniest invention in gastronomic history – Napoleon initiated canning foods to help survive through winter and subsequently war-torn times. The Americans came in and created a concoction that became a staple in every American dining table – a can of cooked green beans, a can of mushroom soup and a can of fried onions on top which essentially became a filler dish that was quick, easy and perhaps somewhat nutritious.

Now, for me, this whole idea of a mushed up baked dish makes me quite queasy. I do love the green bean, and the idea of a crunchy topping as well (anything fried is good), and so this is the Kitchen Therapy version.

I first roast the green beans with lots of garlic and olive oil – which is fairly simple and straightforward. I believe good produce must be prodded as little as possible. The topping, however is a medley. It’s a crunchy savoury streusel in the form of breadcrumbs, lemon zest and a delightful blend of spices and sesame seeds. This is the perfect side dish to any meal and if you lay it out in a fancy way like the picture, it is sure enough to pique some interest!

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Steps

1
Done

Beans

Flash boil the beans in boiling water for 5-10 minutes.
Remove, wipe dry and toss in olive oil, salt and garlic.
Place in a baking tray and roast for 30 minutes at 200C.

2
Done

Toppings

Place a medium pan on high heat.
Add the sesame seeds, breadcrumbs and spices into the pan and toast, swirling with a wooden spoon.
Ensure the mixture does not burn.
Remove from pan once well toasted and fragrant and stir in the fresh lemon zest.

3
Done

Assemble

Once the beans are done, remove from oven and toss with the mixture.
Serve immediately.

Kamini Patel

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