Cool green bean stir fry
lazy summer rolling by
hot pepper surprise
The little green peppers are as handsome as they are deadly. Like a cagy ninja, they take on the unassuming appearance of a green bean, all the while harboring a Chuck Norris-like capsaicin jujitsu punch. These brash little bad boys were given to me by a coworker, who was reluctant to identify them to me by their name. She simply smiled knowingly and plopped a bagful on my desk. Sneaky.
2 T vegetable oil
7 cloves of garlic, smashed
¾ lb fresh green beans
3 hot little peppers
2 t chili powder
½ t black pepper
2 t fish sauce*
* For a vegetarian version sub soy sauce for fish sauce.
- Fry garlic in hot oil, 2 minutes.
- Add remaining ingredients and fry for 3-4 minutes. The goal is to maintain most of the crispiness of the beans (and pepper).
I anticipated spicy and was not disappointed. While there is a complex tapestry of flavor inherent in the ninja chili green beans, most of the flavor is “spicy” or its close cousin- “super-hot.” Speaking of anticipation, I am waiting with bated breath to see if the sneaky ninja chili green beans have inflicted any lasting damage on my beloved Involuntary Taste Panel. My sense is that the ITP would have appreciated the beans quite a bit more sans the flavor imparted by the hot little peppers. I further sense that tomorrow I will be lighting fire to the commode, as I ate the spicy peppers. Yipe!