Delicious String Bean Recipe You Need To Try

Delicious String Bean Recipe.
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Here’s one of those classic childhood dishes mom would make for us, served with hot Sada Roti and usually I’d reach for a bit Kuchela on the side, when we were younger and living in the Caribbean. While I did use leftover Stewed Pork in the recipe, you may use Stewed Beef, Stewed Chicken (leftovers) or keep it fully vegan should you wish.

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1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion (sliced)
5-7 cloves garlic (smashed)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 kg string beans (washed and trimmed)
1 medium tomato (diced)
1 scotch bonnet pepper (optional)
1 teaspoon grated ginger
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large potatoes (sliced)
1 – 1 1/2 cups water
2 tablespoon coconut cream
1 cup leftover stewed pork (optional)

Notes! If making this dish gluten free, please go through the full list of ingredients to ensure they meet your specific gluten free dietary requirements. May I suggest that you use the video below to follow along as much more about the recipe is discussed there.

Prep your ingredients.

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Heat the oil in a wide pan on a medium heat, then add the onion and garlic. Turn the heat down to low and cook gently for 3-4 minutes.

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Add the washed and trimmed string beans (bodi and /or French beans will also work) to the pan, raise the heat to medium low and stir well.

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Add the tomato, salt and black pepper, grated ginger and continue cooking on that medium low heat.

Turn the heat up to medium and add the water (I cup), coconut cream, potato and Scotch Bonnet pepper (optional – or use as much as you can handle). Place the lid on and bring to a boil. Then reduce between a simmer and rolling boil and have the lid on slightly ajar.

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Tuck everything down under the water so the potato and beans get tender.

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After about 20-25 minutes it should all be tender. If during the cooking process you find that it needs more liquid, add the remaining water. Add the leftover stewed pork, stir and cook until all of the liquid is gone.

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Once the liquid is gone and the potato/beans are tender (about 5 minutes after adding the pork) you may taste and adjust the salt to your liking. Turn off the stove and enjoy. In my case I opted for steamed rice, but as mentioned above, I’d much prefer having Sada Roti.