Thursday, May 14, 2015

Green Beans Fans with Mustard Sauce

"May 2015 : Mystery Box Madness Challenge", the theme for this week at I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC). We are "given" a box with ten ingredients and we are to select at least three out of the ten to use in a recipe from any of IHCC's past and present featured chef. This month's mystery box ingredients are Brie, Crab, Chives, Strawberries, Vanilla, Breadcrumbs, Pecans, Green Beans, Vinegar, Puff Pastries

Here's my selection:

 Red wine vinegar, Green beans and some Chives from my potted garden, goes into this dish ...

 ... Green Beans Fan with Mustard Sauce

Originally this dish is called Asparagus Fans with Mustard Sauce, but I have replaced the asparagus with green beans. Instead of boiling the green beans, I have cooked them in the microwave for two minutes. They look rather crinkly after that! Despite their crinkly appearance, these green beans are still crunchy and sweet.

Very easy and quick to put together. Get ready some hard-boiled eggs, either sliced them to strips using an egg slicer, or just chopped them up roughly with a knife like I did. The sauce is made by mixing the red wine vinegar, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, water and some black pepper. I've added a pinch of salt.

To serve, place the green beans on a plate, arranging them with one end close together and the other end spread out like a fan. Drizzle some sauce over the lower third of the green beans, scatter the eggs over, drizzle with a little more of the sauce, and sprinkle the chopped chives over. 

I made this for my afternoon lunch. It makes such a simple, easy meal for one. The green beans are crunchy and sweet. I really like the eggs with the sauce, and was thinking that it would make a delicious sandwich filling, over a bed of lettuce, between two slices of white sandwich bread!

Asparagus (Green Beans) Fans with Mustard Sauce
(adapted from "More Fast Food My Way", Jacques Pepin)
4 servings
2 large eggs
1-1/4 pounds large firm green asparagus (I use green beans)
1 tablespoon minced fresh chives, for garnish

Mustard Sauce :
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
good dash freshly ground black pepper
pinch of salt

Lower the eggs into enough boiling water to cover them and cook at a very gentle boil for 10 minutes. Drain off the water and shake the pan to crack the eggshells. Add ice to the pan and set aside for at least 15 minutes to cool completely. Shell the eggs and place them, one at a time, in an egg slicer, cut through them, then roate them 45 degrees in the slicer and cut through them again to create strips. Alternatively, chop the eggs with a sharp knife. Set aside.

Peel the lower third of the asparagus spears with a vegetable peeler. Bring 3 cups salted water to a boil in a large skillet. Add the asparagus, cover partially, and bring back to a boil over high heat. Boil over high heat for 5 minutes, until the spears are tender but still firm. Using a slotted spatula, remove the asparagus from the water and put it on a platter. (I microwave the green beans on high for 2 minutes).

For the sauce : Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl.

At serving time, arrange the asparagus spears (green beans) on a platter, positioning them so the stem ends are close together and the tips are fanned out. Coat the lower third of the asparagus spears with the sauce and sprinkle the eggs and chives over and around them. Serve.

I'm linking this post with I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC), theme for this week 
"May 2015 : Mystery Box Madness Challenge".




  1. This looks so refreshing and delicious. I love esp. that mustard sauce. Gotta give it a try!

  2. Joyce , why didn't you call me before you made this dish? I've seen loads of asparagus this afternoon at the market lol This simple dish looks refreshingly delish , the mustard sauce on its own makes my mouth water !

  3. Hi Joyce,
    Egg mayonnaise & mustard sauce paired with green beans ... yum!

  4. Excellent, Joyce! It looks delicious and would make a perfect lunch! Thanks, it's another must try!

  5. Simply damn delicious!!!
    Dedy@Dentist Chef

  6. I have not tasted such a combination...

  7. Joyce, I was just reading a recipe such as this one. Boil boil boil and mix with a sauce. Wonderful! I must try this one as well. TQ dear.

  8. I am new to IHCC but looking forward to cooking with the group. I like what you did with your mystery box ingredients. It looks like you had a nice lunch.

  9. What a great idea to substitute the asparagus with green beans Joyce. It looks so pretty and sounds delicious with the eggs and mustard dressing.

  10. I love that you changed this recipe up to include the green beans! The sauce is so creamy and your eggs are perfectly cooked. This is a knock out dish, Joyce! Gorgeous pics. Yum!

  11. Joyce, I love your variation of green beans - mustard sauce and eggs. Though I've not tried such a combination, I'm sure it tastes really good with all the various condiments like vinegar, mustard sauce and creaminess from the eggs. Delish!!

  12. This looks absolutely delicious and great dish for entertaining! I am glad we are connected through the May 2015: Mystery Box Madness Challenge! re IHCC!

  13. Mustard and egg with green beans, what a perfect combination of flavors! They are nutritious too.