Green Bean Recipes for the Backyard Vegetable Gardener

Because they can be prepared several different ways, there are lots of green bean recipes out there. They can be boiled, sauteed, steamed, roasted, grilled, braised and baked. Before we get to the recipes, here is some nutritional information...

Bag Of Green Beans

One cup of raw green beans contains:

  • 34 calories
  • 8g carbs
  • 2g protien
  • 18mg vitamin C
  • 41mg calcium
  • 230mg potassium
  • 7mg sodium







Here are some of our favorite recipes that feature green beans:

Hamburger Green Bean Casserole - One of our family's favorite green bean recipes

1 pound fresh or frozen green beans
1 pound ground beef
1 can condensed tomato soup
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 can of biscuits

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Brown the ground beef in a skillet. Drain and set aside. Boil green beans for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine soup, water, hot sauce, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Mix well and set aside.

Combine ground beef and green beans in a 9x9 baking dish. Pour soup mixture over the beans and beef.

Cover dish with foil and bake in oven for 20 minutes.

Remove baking dish from the oven and remove the foil. Place biscuits directly on top of the casserole - you should have room for 5-6 biscuits.

Place dish back in the oven and bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes or until biscuits are done. Serve immediately.

Green Bean Salad - A great summertime salad, good green bean recipe for picnics

2 pounds fresh or frozen green beans, cut into 2 inch pieces
4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
6 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried dill
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried oregano

Boil the green beans for 10 minutes. Drain the beans and plunge them into ice water to stop the cooking process. Remove from ice water and pat dry with a towel. They
will still be slightly firm. Place beans in a serving bowl.

In a small bowl whisk together red wine vinegar, rice wine vinegar, olive oil, stock, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Stir in dill, parsley and oregano.

Pour dressing over the green beans and toss to coat. Place in refrigerator for 3 hours before serving.

Fried Green Beans - A green bean recipe that makes a nice appetizer or snack, can be served with ranch dressing as a dipping sauce

1 pound fresh, whole green beans
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon hot sauce
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
2 teaspoons garlic powder
Oil for frying

Heat 2 inches of oil in a skillet to 350 degrees.

Wash green beans and remove the stems and fibers. Pat dry with a towel and set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk and hot sauce.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Mix thoroughly.

Dip green beans in egg mixture. Shake off excess and then roll in flour mixture.

Fry coated green beans in oil until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.

Green Beans Almondine - A classic side dish

2 pounds whole fresh green beans
6 oz sliced almonds
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon fresh sqeezed lemon juice

Remove the stems and fibers from green beans. Leave whole and steam until tender, then drain and place in serving bowl. Cover with foil to keep the beans warm.

Melt butter over medium heat in a saute pan. Saute almonds in the butter until lightly brown. Remove from heat and add lemon juice. Pour almond mixture over the green beans and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Sweet and Spicy Asian Green Beans - A green bean recipe for a unique and tasty side dish

1 pound fresh or frozen green beans, cut into pieces
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup onion, finely diced
2 tablespoons bacon bits

Boil green beans for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain and pat dry with a towel. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, hot sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce and salt. Set aside.

In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add the onions and saute until translucent. Reduce heat to medium low. Add the sauce mixture to the onions and stir until sugar completely dissolves.

Add the green beans to the saute pan and toss with onion mixture to coat. Cook over medium-low heat until everything is heated through.

Pour green beans into a serving bowl and sprinkle bacon bits on top. Serve immediately.


For more easy green bean recipes check out my good friend,
Chef Deb, at www.chef-menus.com. You will find great tips on party menu planning, recipes and more!


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