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Sesame String Beans

This is my Mom's string bean recipe. It's one of those dishes that even finicky folks like. My mom uses regular green beans but I prefer haricot vert since I find them to be less squeeky.

SESAME STRING BEANS serves 4-6 people

One pound haricot vert or string beans
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds (either black or white) - see Note below
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons water

Fill a medium size bowl with water and ice. 

Boil water in a medium size pot. Add haricot vert and blanch for 3 minutes or to your firmness preference. Turn off the heat and drain. Immediately plunge the beans in the ice water. Chill. Drain beans; cut beans into 1-1/2 inch long pieces, cutting diagonally. Put into medium size bowl.

Put sesame seeds in a herb grinder or food processor bowl. Pulse until the seeds break down but not completely - you want a little texture. Transfer seeds to a small bowl and add remaining ingredients; stir. Pour mixture over beans and toss. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Enjoy!

Note: If you don't have toasted sesame seeds, don't despair! In a small sauté pan over medium heat, toast your seeds. Swirl the pan often so your seeds don't just brown on one spot. Once you start to see them turn medium brown and smell the sesame aroma, you'll know it's time to take them off the heat. 

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