Every other week, I order a bountiful basket and an add-on or 2 plus try to pick up anything bulk. This week was GREEN BEANS!!! We love fresh green beans in our house and we have about 40 pounds to “play with” today.

Now that I see how fresh these are, I almost wish that I would have bought 2 or 3 cases of them. 🙂

Our goal is to wash, trim, blanch and freeze most of these to allow fantastic dinners for later.

Need info on freezing green beans: http://www.pickyourown.org/beansfreezing.htm

Here are a few FUN recipes:

GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE – Kris’ Style
2-3 pounds fresh green beans
3 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 Tbsp Butter
2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp Teriyaki Sauce
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves fresh garlic, pressed
1 cup French’s Fried Onions
Saute the onions and mushrooms in the butter and Teriyaki Sauce until the onions are transparent.
Stir in green beans, soup, garlic, wocestershire sauce and soy sauce until bubbily.
Add cheese and stir until melted.
Pour entire contents into a baking dish, cover with the fried onions and cover the dish
Bake in the oven at 350°F for 30 minutes.
GREEN BEANS WITH ALMONDS
1 lb. green beans
2 tbsp. butter
1/3 c. sliced almonds
Salt and pepper to taste
Snap green beans to remove stem section. Place a large pot (3-4 quarts) of water to boil. Add salt and green beans and cook 3-4 minutes. Drain beans and immediately rinse with ice cold running water (this is called blanching; it shocks them and stops the cooking process and helps them keep their color) until beans are chilled. This could be done up to a day in advance.Heat a 10-12 inch skillet. Add butter and saute almonds one minute. Add drained green beans and stir to coat with butter and almonds, cook to heat beans through. Season beans and serve with roasted or braised meats. Use tongs to serve.

DEEP-FRIED GREEN BEANS
1/2 lb green beans, cleaned, blanched
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup water
1 egg
1/2 tsp. baking powder
Pinch of salt
oil for frying
In a bowl, combine flour, water, egg, baking powder and salt. Mix until smooth. In large skillet, heat oil until hot.Dip beans, (in batches) into batter, fry in oil about 4 minutes, turning to brown evenly.