Sesame Green Beans with Bacon and Chestnuts
Makes 8 servings
24 ounces green beans, cut in half crosswise
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
4 teaspoons honey
2 tablespoon soy sauce
8 ounces bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
6 ounces roasted and peeled chestnuts, roughly chopped*
1. Grind the sesame seeds using a mortar and pestle, then mix the ground seeds with the honey and soy sauce to form a thick sauce, then set the sauce aside.
2. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the green beans to the pot and cook them until they are tender, but still firm, about 3 to 5 minutes. Drain the beans and allow them to cool in a colander.
3. Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the bacon pieces to the pan and cook until the bacon fat is starting to melt and sizzle. Add the chopped chestnuts and continue cooking until the bacon is cooked through and crispy, then remove the pan from the heat and let the bacon and chestnuts cool slightly, then drain off the excess fat.
4. Toss the green beans with the toasted sesame sauce then add the bacon and chestnuts and toss again. Serve.
*Recipe Notes: You can roast your own chestnuts, or save oodles of time by buying them pre-roasted and peeled.