In America, I only knew sesame as something on hamburger buns, but Japanese cooking opens up a whole new world with sesame. Sesame sauces and dressings give food a wonderful flavor and aroma. It turns normal green beans into a new exciting side dish, Ingen no goma-ae(いんげんのごまあえ). You can probably find ground sesame at your local Asian grocer, if not, you can make it yourself with this simple recipe. This is a great dish for dieters and vegetarians.
Serves 4 85 cal./serving
- 1/2 lb(225g) fresh green beans
- 4 Tbsp. white sesame seeds
- 1-1/2 Tbsp. dashi bonito stock
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
- Sesame Dressing:Toast and grind sesame seeds. Mix other ingredients with sesame paste.
- Wash and trim green beans. Cut in half diagonally. Cook in water with some salt until beans are tender and crisp. Drain and sprinkle with a little mirin.
- Mix green beans and sesame dressing thoroughly and serve.