Sesame Green Beans + Caramelized Onions

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One of my best friends’ family owns an authentic Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant right across from where we went to business school.  I became known so quickly for how much I loved their green beans that it was somewhat of a salutation for me.  Rather than being greeted with “hello” I was always welcomed with “we have lots of nice fresh green beans ready for you!” or something similar.  That is customer service at its finest if you ask me!

So here is my attempt to recreate the amazing green beans that I so often enjoyed back in the days of college and 45-minute lunch breaks.  Crisp, fresh green beans tossed with toasted sesame oil is to die for.  The caramelized onions just melt in your mouth.

And most importantly, it reminds me of people I love which is the recipe for the best recipes after all.

What will you need?

1 pound green beans, trimmed

1 large yellow onion

1 shallot

2 tbsp sesame seeds

2 tsp rice wine vinegar

2 tsp toasted sesame oil

Splash of soy sauce

How do you make it?

In a small skillet, combine the sliced onion and shallot with 2 tsp of toasted sesame oil.  Sautee on medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally and allowing the onion mixture to caramelize.  When it appears to be almost done, stir in your rice wine vinegar and soy sauce.  Continue to sautee for a few more minutes. Once the mixture is done, remove from the heat and reserve in a bowl on the side.

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In the meantime, boil a pot of water while you trim the edges of the green beans.  Once the water is boiling, drop the green beans in and blanch for about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat, strain the water and side aside.

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In a small, clean, dry skillet, toast your sesame seeds over medium heat until they start to brown.  This shouldn’t take more than 3 minutes.

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Combine the green beans and the caramelized onion mixture and top with the toasted sesame seeds.

Serve on a cute plate!

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