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Green Beans with Golden Raisins

This recipe combines golden raisins and Parmesan cheese from the West with sesame and tea from the East.

  • Servings: 8

Photography: Matthew Hranek

Source: Body+Soul, September 2005


  • 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds
  • 2 tea bags (green or white tea)
  • 4 cups green beans, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the sesame seeds on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 5 to 6 minutes, or until the sesame seeds are crisp and fragrant.

  2. In a large steamer pot, bring 4 cups water to a boil. Add tea bags. Place green beans in the steam rack. Be sure the water doesn't rise onto the rack. Steam at medium-high heat, covered, until beans are bright green, about 4 minutes. Sprinkle raisins into the steam basket and steam for one more minute.

  3. In a large salad bowl, toss green beans and raisins with vinegar, sesame oil, and sesame seeds. Garnish with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

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