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April 3, 2012

Pan Fried Potato with Green Beans

I must be either a very simple minded or a extremely boring person.
How could I feel so happy for a single potato...?

I had one potato lounging on my counter and a handful of green beans that I wasn't sure what I was going to do with.
I was hungry and I wanted to EAT them both.., so I put them together.
What a JOY-ous day! I was quite happy how they turned out.
So here it is.., this simple Pan-fried potato and green beans might help your day to be happy, too.

All you need is..,
a single Mr. potato
some attractive green bean ladies
a clove of garlic who needs serious party time
salt and pepper
and lots of toasted sesame seeds, plus a tiny bit of healthy oil to cook them. 

But you have to see how I cook together. Sometimes recipes are not always about ingredients. It can be about techniques, too.

First, peel your potato and slice into 1/8" thick slices.

Then cut these slices into 1/8" matchsticks

Rinse. Why? You want to remove some starch so they don't stick to each other later.
Set aside to drain.

You will need about this much of green beans.

Slice green beans diagonally very thin.

In a non-stick surfaced skillet over medium heat, fry chopped garlic in oil for 10 seconds.

Add the potato 

Sprinkle some salt and stir.

Cover with lid and cook for 1-2 minute over medium-low heat.

You can tell they are cooked half-way.

Add the green beans and toss. Season with a little salt again.

Cover with lid and continue cooking for another minute or so.

When potato is soft with a little body and the green beans are somewhat crisp tender, it is done.
Add freshly ground pepper,

and lots of toasted sesame seeds.  I crush them with my fingers as I add to the pan.

Toss gently all together. Taste to see if you need to add more salt.
You just made the simple, healthy, and tasty potato dish on the planet.

The color contrast,
The texture,
And the nutty fragrance of sesame seeds...

I didn't care if I had to floss my teeth afterward, 
which I eventually did.

I was digging in and finished all.

Pan-fried Potato and Green Beans
serves 2-4 as a side dish

1 russet potato, peeled
a small handful (about 3 oz) green beans, thinly sliced diagonally
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil or canola oil
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
a few pinches kosher salt
a few dashes black pepper
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, crushed

1)  Slice potato into 1/8" thick slices and cut them into thin matchsticks. Rinse potato with cold water and drain, set aside.
2)  Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat, saute garlic for 10 seconds. Add the potato, sprinkle two pinches of salt over and stir. Cover the skillet with a lid and reduce the heat to med-low. Cook for 1-2 minutes. 
3)  Open the lid and add the green beans, sprinkle with more salt and stir. Cover with the lid again and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Remove the lid and gently toss the potato and green beans until they are soft with a little body. You might need to adjust the time and heat to achieve the desired texture.
4) Season with more salt, if you need, and pepper. Sprinkle sesame seeds and gently toss together. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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At April 3, 2012 at 7:22 AM , Anonymous Leah Parra said...

o my! looks delish.  I did receive the moomalangi kimchi that my mom sent (homemade by my aunt) and it survived the long trip all the way here!! she also sent goguma.  another one of my favorite.  Love seeing your blog recipes! makes me feel closer to home. :O)

At April 3, 2012 at 7:28 AM , Anonymous leaf (the indolent cook) said...

Love the simplicity and fresh quality - a dish that brings to mind the loveliness of springtime!

At April 3, 2012 at 9:18 AM , Anonymous Marina@Picnic at Marina said...

You are not alone: we love potatoes, and just last night husband was asking of pan fried potatoes! Boiled new potatoes, pan fried potatoes, mash potatoes are very common on our table. There is nothing wrong with simple plate of potatoes, that is home made. Well done!

At April 3, 2012 at 11:48 AM , Anonymous Teresea Melendez said...

OMG! YUM!!! I'm so trying this tonight with dinner.  Thanks for the wonderful recipes! :)

At April 3, 2012 at 1:35 PM , Anonymous Melissa Jean Shirley said...

Love this recipe, and your blog too!  

At April 3, 2012 at 3:57 PM , Anonymous beyondkimchee said...

Thanks Marina. I love all sorts of potato dishes, too. Our life would never be the same without them... :)

At April 3, 2012 at 3:59 PM , Anonymous beyondkimchee said...

Thank you Leah. Your mother is so sweet to sent you those precious stuff. Enjoy them.

At April 3, 2012 at 11:47 PM , Anonymous Uma said...

looks lovely

At April 4, 2012 at 8:29 AM , Anonymous Shuhan said...

yum yum! it may be super simple, but it's definitely hitting all the right notes, delicious and gorgeous!

At April 4, 2012 at 2:12 PM , Anonymous Allie Goodman said...

Yum! Cant wait to try this!

At April 4, 2012 at 2:13 PM , Anonymous Allie Goodman said...

Wow! This looks great, seems to simple yet something I have never thought to try out. Cant wait to make this later in the week. 

At April 4, 2012 at 4:19 PM , Anonymous beyondkimchee said...

Thanks Allie. It is indeed simple and delicious.

At April 4, 2012 at 6:43 PM , Anonymous Hyosun Ro said...

Beautifully done! This is one of my family favorites. So simple yet satisfying.

At April 4, 2012 at 8:01 PM , Anonymous Cindy V. said...

Made this for dinner tonight - 7 thumbs up!!  Yummmm!

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At April 6, 2012 at 10:49 PM , Anonymous Kee Garcia said...

This looks healthy and yummy!

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At April 9, 2012 at 7:57 AM , Anonymous kitchenriffs said...

Nice knifework!  And a really nice recipe - simple but I know it must taste wonderful.  Really good recipe - thanks.

At April 15, 2012 at 8:35 PM , Anonymous jhyoon said...

I just made this potato/green bean and the tofu/broccoli salads for a luncheon for a few of my family members - aunts and cousins.  They loved the salads.  Both were light and easy to eat.  My kids love the tofu salad.  What a great way to eat veggies.  Thank you for sharing such wonderful recipes.  I visit your blog all the time.  Next I am making the soy sauce brisket.  

At April 18, 2012 at 10:46 AM , Anonymous Robin Joustra said...

This recipe is very easy and really good. My family loved it. Thanks for sharing it. I love your blog great food ideas. 

At April 19, 2012 at 7:22 AM , Anonymous Purabi Naha said...

Wow, this is such a simple yet elegant dish.... my family would love it!
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At May 1, 2012 at 5:00 PM , Anonymous Cyra said...

I never thought of combining green beans and potato in one simple and healthy ingredient! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I should try this one whenever I'm off from my work while working out inside my Denver Colorado real estate house.

At May 22, 2012 at 5:52 PM , Anonymous chang long said...

nice idea.. thanks for posting..


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