Fire!! was an influential literary journal that put out only one issue. According to Langston Hughes, the point was to "burn up a lot of the old, dead conventional Negro-white ideas of the past." In the spirit of Fire!!, we challenge the notion of what a soul food green bean recipe can be. This recipe--one we got from a young black chef at a hip, more than a little bougie, burger joint in Nashville--is a luminous example of the new old school.
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 green onion (white and light green parts only), thinly sliced
1 pound fresh green beans or haricots verts, trimmed
2 tablespoons olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 375°. Stir together first 5 ingredients. Arrange green beans in a single layer on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil; toss. Bake 10 minutes. Increase oven temperature to broil, and broil 4 to 6 minutes or until browned in spots and crisp-tender. Remove from oven. Drizzle beans with lemon juice mixture; toss. Season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve hot, or cool completely, chill, and serve cold. These just get better as they sit.
Recipe adapted from Soul Food Love, copyright 2015 by Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams. To be published by Clarkson Potter on Feb 3, 2015.