Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Recipe: KFC Green Beans

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You may notice that there is a bottle of olive oil pictured above, yet no olive oil is listed in the recipe! I cook frozen green beans for myself and The Expert all the time and love to sautee them in a little oil with salt and garlic. Fat being delicious and all, I assumed KFC's recipe would be similar when I did my grocery shopping. Imagine my surprised when I eventually discovered that KFC's beans are fat free! These beans are simmered in water to get them nice and soft so ignore the olive oil, you won't be needing it.

2 cups frozen green beans (about 200 grams)
1/2 small onion
1 large clove garlic
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar (optional)
Special equipment:

Servings two
Cost per serving: $0.46

Mince both the onion and garlic. I find it easiest to crush a clove of garlic with the side of a knife (to remove the skin) then mince it by pressing it over and over with the bottom of a fork - much easier than trying to get one tiny little clove to line up along a knife.

Boil the water in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. When it's boiling, add all of the other ingredients and simmer...and simmer...and simmer until most of the water has evaporated, about 15 minutes total. That's it! If you really like mushy beans (KFC's are pretty mushy) you could start with more water and let them go for longer, but I like my beans to at least slightly resemble the ones that grow off the plants.

The sugar is optional since KFC doesn't list sugar as an ingredient in their beans, yet they taste really sweet! The beans they use must be sweeter to begin with and adding the sugar made this recipe taste really similar, but if you don't like sweet veggies, definitely leave it out!

Cooking for One

This recipe only makes two servings, so the remaining beans are great for lunch the next day, or just halve the recipe (but use the same amount of water).

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