so, this recipe for green beans with mustard seeds? it’s delicious. also? it can make a bit of a mess. those tasty little mustard seeds, well, left to their own devices, they would love to be just about anywhere but in the pan you’re using to cook them.
it’s so worth it, though. this recipe was my gateway to liking green beans: my senior year of college, one of my friends/housemates was raving about these green beans with mustard seeds and wanted to cook them for us on her night to make dinner. i remember thinking, “ok, fine, but green beans are gross.” my skepticism did not diminish as i watched her hop back and forth from one foot to the other in front of the stove, trying to avoid getting burned by rogue mustard seeds leaping from the pan (see recipe notes for tips on curtailing this).
boy was i wrong! the garlic, the subtle heat (or not so subtle, if you prefer) from the crushed red pepper, and the mustard seems themselves – yum! these green beans with mustard seeds have been a staple for me ever since. i always make a huge batch so that i’ll have plenty of leftovers.
at this point, you’re probably thinking, “ok, these do sound pretty good, but i’ll stick to making them in my own kitchen. i won’t, say, bring them to someone else’s house who i have only recently befriended so as to cement our friendship by covering her stovetop and adjacent counter in tiny black spheres.” if that is, indeed, what you are thinking, then you are much smarter than i am. luckily, the new friend was a good sport, i cleaned everything up after we ate, and the green beans were delicious enough to make it worth it.
what about you? do you have any favorite recipes that are totally worth the mess?
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