What To Do With Local Yellow and Green Beans

What do you do when you have an over-abundance of beautiful yellow and green beans from your local farmers market? When you’ve already made one of your latest salad obsession twice in a week; when you’re not in the mood to look up fancy recipes; when you really want to eat your veggies but what you’re really craving for are some salty fries?

Why, you make Green Bean Fries, of course.

Well technically, you make Yellow and Green Bean Fries.

During my weekly visit at the Charles Square Farmers Market, I bought a bunch of these pretty yellow and green beans from Kimball Fruit Stand. Last night, as I was settling down to catch up on all my DVR shows, I started craving for some easy-to-nibble finger foods. But I was also craving for something healthy, especially after all the chocolate I’ve been eating. Finger food that’s healthy? That’s when inspiration came to me: why not make some roasted vegetable fries?? It was rainy and cold anyway, the perfect night for some roasted veggie action. Visions of  crispy, roasted green beans started dancing in my head.

I immediately got to work:

yellow and green beans

prep your beans: rinse, then cut the ends off

toss beans

toss the yellow and green beans with some olive oil, salt, pepper and chili flakes

roasted beans

roast at 450 degrees for about 40 minutes, until brown and crispy

How easy was that? Now, ladies and gentlemen, this is when a flash of brilliance hit me. I just made green bean fries – and in all honesty, I don’t even like french fries that much. But trufle fries? That’s another story. It’s hard for me to say no to those. And I remembered the little jars of truffle butter that I smuggled from bought in Tuscany…. So I shaved some delicate curls of truffle butter (just a little tiny bit, that’s all you need because the truffle flavor is so strong) and tada! I had Healthy Trufle Fries:

truffle fries

oh yeah

I dipped these in ketchup mixed with Sriracha. Then I had fries for dinner. If you haven’t tried roasted green beans yet, you should. Soon.

This post is for the Loving Local Blogathon at Our Grandmother’s Kitchen. Living Local is celebrating the flavors of Massachusetts and is a fundraiser for Mass Farmers Markets.

What’s an easy meal you pieced together from your farmers market finds?


21 Responses to “What To Do With Local Yellow and Green Beans”

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    MelissaNibbles posted August 27, 2010 at 7:37 am

    I never would’ve thought of this. It sounds delicious!

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    Emily posted August 27, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Very inventive. My husband adds spice to his ketchup too – either sriracha or tabasco. It’s a bit of a rude awakening when dip my food in his ketchup – but it is tasty!

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    Michelle posted August 27, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Green bean fries? This sounds really cool! I like to make a sriracha “mayo” using Greek yogurt and Sriracha – so good!

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    Finger Food posted August 27, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Great ideas here I am keen to try them!

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    Dana posted August 27, 2010 at 11:23 am

    This is genius! I love green beans, but my boyfriend won’t touch them. Maybe he will if I call them fries…. Sounds so delicious!

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    Sues posted August 27, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Oh, I’ve been wanting to make these forever! They look so amazing! And why have I never thought of adding sriracha to my ketchup?! Brilliant!

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    Meghan@travelwinedine posted August 27, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I don’t think I have ever roasted beans before, but these look amazing. It’s always great to find delicious, fun new ways to prepare veggies!

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    Kathleen posted August 27, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    That looks awesome. I always simmer green and yellow beans in milk and then load them with black pepper — I may have to be more adventurous!

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    commonweeder posted August 27, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    I never would have thought of this – but it just so happens I have a LOT of green and yellow beans. Unfortunately no truffles in any form, but I am going to give this a try sans truffles. This very night. Love your blog!

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    Becky posted August 27, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Anything “fry” ed is OK by me! What a great idea – I can’t wait to give it a try!

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    Daisy posted August 28, 2010 at 11:48 am

    These look amazing! Especially with that Tuscan truffle butter – great smuggle in from Italy!

    How have you eaten every dessert at Woodward?! Do you hang out their a lot? I will def. have to try your drink recommendation!

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    Megan posted August 29, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Healthy truffle fries — love it! This is such a great idea. Love how creative we all get with abundance of veggies we find at our local farmers’ markets!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) posted August 30, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    my mouth is SERIOUSLY watering over here! i need to make these this week…no question!

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    Corinne posted August 30, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    oh yeah is right! healthy and truffle sound so good together :) hehe

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    Baking Serendipity posted August 31, 2010 at 12:17 am

    How creative! I’ve never thought of this before, but it looks delicious!

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    Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) posted September 5, 2010 at 1:37 am

    I had green bean fries for dinner on Wednesday, and am doing so again tonight. But I am trying your olive oil and chili flakes this time… was using garlic salt before. Thanks for the idea! And yes… ketchup and mustard and siracha for dipping. All three.

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    Merrilee posted September 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Just had some of these- fantastic!
    Thanks for the great recipe- my only alteration was a bit of mayo/sriracha instead of ketchup (we use that as a dip for everything!)

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      Bianca Garcia posted September 9, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Thanks Merrilee, glad you liked it! I often mix some sriracha or Tabasco with my ketchup, but you are right, with these “fries” sriracha alone would be great! I would do that next time :)

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    Marcie posted November 16, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Green bean fries– genius! I’ve been thinking of ways to veer away from junk food and this just might help! And we have a lot of green beans here in Manila! Just have to find some truffle butter! :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 20, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      Marcie, if you can’t find truffle butter, just try substituting a little bit of regular butter and maybe some parmesan cheese :)


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