Best Thanksgiving Sides To Make For The Holiday


1. Chinese Style Green Beans

Cooking time: 15 min ; Servings: 4


  • 400 g green beans
  • 2 cm fresh ginger root
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons unrefined peanut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper flakes


  1. Trim or fold the ends of the pods to remove the tough “strings”. Cut the beans in half if are too long
  2. Place beans in a steamer and steam for 5 minutes. Place the beans in ice water for 1 minute and drain in a colander.
  3. Peel and grate the garlic and ginger. Put the peanut oil in a rigid steamer-safe bowl, add the ginger and garlic and cook for 5 minutes. Add the beans and cook for more 3 minutes.
  4. In a bowl, mix the potato starch, 2 tablespoons of cold water, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar and chili flakes. Mix everything well, pour over the beans and mix again.
  5. Cook the beans in the sauce for about 3 minutes, stirring several times. Serve while hot.


If the beans are overcooked they will lose their charm. The cooked pods should be slightly crisp. Remember that if you do not put the beans in cold water after removing them from the steamer, they will continue to “cook on their own” for some time.

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