Green Beans with Ground Meat / Kıymalı Taze Fasülye

 

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The ladies in my Turkish Cooking Classes are amazing. I learn a lot from them too. One day one of them said “Nese, stop saying it is easy or very common”. She made me realize that some of the things we cook are so basic that I forget that they are not so for others. This dish; Green Beans with Ground Beans is such a good example for this type of dishes.

Whenever it is the season with green beans, I cook it almost every ten days. It goes perfectly well with rice pilaf and if I am in a good mood with a cold bowl of cucumber and yoghurt salad. Like almost all vegetables it has many vitamins like A, B and C. It is easily digested, help lower sugar levels, makes one stronger and despite all this still tastes good. Both my kids and husband likes it.

If you don’t want to use meat with this recipe, just leave it out and it will be just as good. However there is also a vegetarian version of green beans which has a slightly different way of preparing. It is up to you.

When you are preparing the green beans cut off the stems on both ends and then just cut to 2 or 3 pieces depending on how long they are. 

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If you will go with the meat start with putting the meat in your pot. You might be surprised when I tell you just put it in your pot, slightly spread it around then cook over low heat until it first leaves and then absorbs back its own water. Cover the lid, don’t mix it around, don’t add anything. Trust me it works. As soon as the water is gone, use the back of a spoon – I prefer to use a wooden one – make the crumbs get loose. Now you are ready for all the other ingredients.

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Then add the chopped onions, olive oil. Later followed by tomato and/or tomato paste. Water and very soon you are ready to serve. Read details below in the recipe, Enjoy.

cooked green beans

Green Beans with Ground Meat / Kıymalı Taze Fasülye
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A main dish cooked very often in Turkish Homes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Green Beans with Ground Meat / Kıymalı Taze Fasülye
Print Recipe
A main dish cooked very often in Turkish Homes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Instructions
  1. Prepare the beans by cutting off the stems on both sides. Then cutting into 2 or 3 parts, depending on the lenght of each bean. When you are cutting horizontally you can cut it diagonally too. Wash with flowing water.
  2. The meat should be ground. It is up to you you can use beef only or beef and lamb combined.
  3. Place the meat in your pot without adding anything at all. Cook over low heat, until the meat first leaves and then absorbs back its own water.
  4. As soon as the water absorbing is over add chopped onions and olive oil. Cook while stirring until the onions are translucent.
  5. Then add the chopped garlic cloves, mix and cook for another minute.
  6. Then add the chopped tomatoes. If the tomatoes are not giving enough color you may want to add a tablespoon of tomato paste. Mix and cook another minute.
  7. Add the green beans you had prepared. Add also salt and black pepper. Mix well.
  8. Add about 100 millliliter warm water. Cover the lid and cook over high heat first, then after the water comes to boil lower the heat and cook until the beans are ready. Taste and decide.
  9. Serve warm.
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