Pole Beans

Easy French Fry Alternative: Grilled Pole Beans

  • Sarah Caron |
  •  24 August, 2009 |
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There is a song in the Nick Jr. show Ni Hao, Kai Lan that encourages children to give unfamiliar things a shot. I absolutely love that song, and the show, because it’s encouraged my son to be very openminded:

When you are scared of something new and you don’t know what to do, just try it! Try it! Try it! Because you might like it!Ni Hao, Kai Lan

Is that not the best message ever or what??

In that spirit,¬†when I heard a farmer talking about these pole beans at a recent farmers market, I was intrigued. Pole beans are longer and thicker than green beans, so they hold up well to cooking directly on the grill. Be sure to marinate them in a good vinaigrette first — something with a lot of tang and flavor.

Could these be an alternative to oven baked fries and sweet potato fries (which my family loves, but honestly can take a bit of effort to make)? Yes. When I make these we all pick them up with our fingers and eat them like fries. No need for dipping sauce here though — the marinated beans cooked up packed with flavor. And yes, the kids love them.

A healthy vegetable as a finger food? Excellent.

Grilled Pole Beans
serves 4

1 lb pole beans, washed
3/4 cup marinade (I used an herb and garlic marinade, but Italian dressing would be a good fit too)

Pour the dressing over the beans and let marinate, tossing periodically, for 2-3 hours.

Heat the grill to medium and toss the beans on in a heap, discarding any excess marinade. Cook for 20 minutes or so, until crisp tender and lightly browned.

August 24, 2009 by Sarah Caron | 0 Comments


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