The Szechuan Green Beans with Ground Pork recipe is characteristic of the hot and spicy cuisine from the Szechuan province. You can substitute lean ground chicken or turkey for pork and asparagus for green beans.
1/2 pound lean ground pork
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
1 teaspoon peanut oil
2 1/2 cups (1-inch) cut green beans
1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 cups hot cooked white rice
How to Make It
Combine the first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork mixture, beans, and garlic; cook 3 minutes or until pork loses its pink color, stirring to crumble.
Combine hoisin and next 3 ingredients (through soy sauce) in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add hoisin mixture to pan. Cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently. Serve over rice.
I made this with frozen soy beef crumbles and used brown rice instead of white rice. I also used frozen green beans. Using the frozen ingredients made this extremely fast and simple and it tasted fantastic! Will make again for sure.
My family loved this recipe. I also doubled it and added a little rice wine vinegar to the Hoison mixture. I'm usually not a fan of Hoison sauce, but this mixture was really good. We'll definately make this again!
I don't normally modify a recipe but reading previous reviews, I added mushrooms with the green beans and cooked both separately from the meat - I used 1 lb. ground turkey which is more readily available. I also doubled the sauce as suggested. Absolutely delicious! Very versatile recipe to modify a bit based on what you have in the kitchen.
So I made this tonight and was excited because I told my husband that I didn't see any bad reviews. I doubled the sauce like some of the reviews said. Maybe it was just my husband and I but we could taste the cornstarch. I'm also not of fan of white pepper... I think it smells like cow manure. (now go smell it and you'll know what I'm talking about). I'm very bummed about this, I won't be making this again!
I did not have hoisin sauce so I substituted equal parts ketchup and dark kayro syrup. I also steamed my green beans for a few minutes before adding them to the pork. Served it over brown rice. It was delicious. Would definitely make it again. It was a great quick and easy week night meal. Would need to double the recipe if cooking for more than 2 or 3 people.