Green Beans. Mushrooms. Garlic. Has there every been a better trio? Well..no. Not until now anyway. If you haven’t been introduced to Red Miso, I’m so happy to do that for you. Reader, meet Red Miso. Red Miso, meet Reader. This is an umami packed relationship that I promise will not let you down.
True Story. The first thing I ever put in my mouth in culinary school was a Green Bean. And it was life changing. It’s funny how you never know how wrong you’re doing something until someone shows you how to do it right. After that experienced, I have a fondness for the beans of green color that will never die.
This is a super simple recipe involving two of my favorites: green beans and mushrooms, but it’s all about timing. You want to make sure that you blanch the green beans so that they are bright and have a nice tender crisp to them but don’t dare overcook them. You want to get a fantastic sear on the mushrooms (I always say treat it like a protein, that brown color is BETTER.)
Put this in your holster as a quick, feel good, vegetarian side dish…or even main dish, as I often eat it.
- 4 cups Green Beans, trimmed
- 3 cups sliced --- Mushrooms
- 2 + 1 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 plus 2 Tablespoons Butter
- 1½ Tablespoons Red Miso Paste
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 Tablespoon Crushed Red Pepper
- Salt and Pepper
- Prepare an ice bath (Large enough to fit your green beans into)
- Bring 3 Quarts of Water (Salted..Read: Salty like the Sea) to a boil and drop the green beans in. Blanch the beans for approximately 3 minutes or until bright green, tender, but still with a bite.
- Remove the beans from the water and immediately submerge into the ice bath.
- Meanwhile, heat the olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter in a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms (being careful not to crowd the pan. You can do them in batches). Season with salt and pepper. Cook about 3-4 minutes before flipping mushrooms over or until nicely browned on both sides. Remove all mushrooms and set aside.
- Turn heat down to medium and let the pan cool for a little bit. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant about 30 seconds. Add the the miso paste and stir to combine.
- Add Green Beans and Mushrooms to the pan and toss to coat evenly and warmed through.
- Serve immediately.