Asian Green Beans and Kale Chips

Dungeness crab season recently started, so there was no better idea than for the Potrero crew to get together for a meal of crab, garlic noodles and other PPQ-inspired dishes — and some other delights (like bacon-wrapped mochi) — on a day that started out quite blustery and ended up being quite nice (and us gleefully drenched in champagne). To help the cause, S and I brought the sides of greens (Asian green beans and kale chips) and a giant bottle of this year’s Anchor Steam Christmas and New Year’s Ale.

Ingredients (Asian Green Beans):
1.5-2 lbs. of string beans for ~10 people
8 garlic cloves, minced
2-3 oz. shallots, minced
Oyster sauce to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp. canola or other cooking oil

Optional: Chili oil or dry chili peppers

Preparation (Asian Green Beans):
Boil a pot of water for blanching the green beans. To prepare the green beans, cut off each end of the green beans and then blanch (throw the beans in the boiling pot of water for less than a minute, and then immediately drain and cool with cold water, to preserve the crispiness).

Separately, heat up some the oil and garlic and shallots in a wok or frying pan. When ready, throw in the blanched green beans and then toss around a minute or so (just enough time to heat up the green beans but not enough to overcook it), and then turn off the heat. Add oyster sauce and salt and pepper to taste, as well as some chili oil or dry chili peppers.

Ingredients (Kale Chips):
1-2 bunches of kale (we used “dinosaur” kale from WF)
1 tbsp. olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation (Kale Chips):
Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees. Wash and dry the kale. Remove the tough center stems from the kale leaves, and then cut into bit-sized squares. Toss the kale with olive oil and salt and pepper. Arrange leaves in a single layer on a large baking pan.

Bake about 15-20 minutes (check on it after about 10 minutes, to make sure they aren’t getting burnt/brown). After it’s crisp, remove from the oven and let it cool.

Reference (Kale Chips):
-http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2010/03/baked-kale-chips/

Previously Made:
Sunday, December 2, 2012: One of the best Sunday Suppers ever.

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