Bone Man's Note:
This is a perfect dish for early and middle summer days when great-tasting, fresh green beans are both cheap and plentiful. These green beans represent something totally different for a stovetop side dish and you will simply not believe how terrific they taste. One plus is that it's not loaded with cheese or canned soup. This is the real thing from scratch, a recipe I developed after growing tired of the same old stuff at the supper table. It took me awhile to perfect but these beans actually made my wife turn around and look at me after her first bite -- she was very pleased, which means that I am very pleased too. This dish goes great with fried, or baked, bone-in pork chops. It's also versatile enough to complement more elegant entrees for more formal dinners. There are multiple steps involved in preparing this dish but even a beginning chef can achieve them easily enough and the end result is well worth the effort.
My Private Note
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- 1Rinse the beans in cold water and snap them into 1-inch lengths, discarding the tips. Remove any strings.
- 2Pour the chicken stock into a medium-sized cooking pot and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add the beans to the stock and cover until it boils again and then lower the heat to achieve a slow boil, covered, until the beans are tender but not mushy, (about 15 minutes).
- 3When the beans are done, set aside for a few minutes.
- 4Make the white sauce using a double boiler (you can make an improvised double boiler with a cooking pot with an inch of water in the bottom, in combination with a stainless steel salad bowl which sets atop of the pot). This white sauce CANNOT be prepared over direct heat or it will scorch.
- 5Melt the butter in the top section of the double boiler. Blend in the flour, seasoned salt, and white pepper, whisking constantly.
- 6When there are no lumps, add the pre-warmed milk (about 100 degrees F.) and continue to whisk until the sauce thickens. Once the sauce has thickened a bit (after about 5 minutes), allow the sauce to bubble, still whisking with some frequency, for about 15 more minutes. At the end of the 15 minutes of simmering, the white sauce is done and should be taken off the heat.
- 7Strain the chicken stock from the beans using a colander (save this stock in the refrigerator for your next batch of home made vegetable soup), reserving one-quarter cup of stock to blend into the white sauce.
- 8Pour the drained beans into a cooking pot with the white sauce, including the quarter cup of broth, and add the Mrs. Dash and stir. Re-heat until it bubbles slightly and serve.
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Nutritional Facts for Creamed Green Beans
Serving Size: 1 (236 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 8
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 157.8
- Calories from Fat 82
- Total Fat 9.1 g
- Saturated Fat 5.1 g
- Cholesterol 24.5 mg
- Sodium 232.4 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 13.5 g
- Dietary Fiber 1.6 g
- Sugars 6.6 g
- Protein 6.0 g
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