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Long Beans with Black Bean Sauce

Makes 4 servings

Notes: Pungent Chinese black bean sauce, flavored with garlic, is found in the international section of well-stocked supermarkets or in Asian grocery stores. Yard-long beans are traditionally used in this dish, but round-pod and Kentucky Wonder green beans are equally satisfactory.

 1 pound fresh beans (see notes)
 1/4 cup black bean sauce
 2 teaspoons cornstarch
 1 tablespoon salad oil
 1/2 pound ground lean pork
 1 onion (6 oz.), peeled and chopped
Step 1

Trim stem ends from beans, remove any strings, and cut beans into 3-inch lengths; rinse.

Step 2

Set a wok or 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat. When pan is hot, add 1 cup water and beans. Cover and stir occasionally until beans are tender to bite, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain beans and pour into a bowl.

Step 3

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix black bean sauce, 3/4 cup water, and cornstarch.

Step 4

Return pan to high heat and add oil. When hot, add pork and stir-fry until meat is crumbled and lightly browned, about 3 minutes.

Step 5

Add onion and stir-fry 1 minute. Add black bean sauce mixture and beans. Stir until sauce boils, about 1 minute.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 269Calories from Fat 31
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9.3g15%

Saturated Fat 2.1g11%
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 1323mg56%
Total Carbohydrate 28g10%

Dietary Fiber 5.5g22%
Protein 20g40%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.