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Mashed Green Beans

A South African side dish recipe made using green string beans, onions, and potatoes.

Jason Edmunds
2 min readAug 8, 2022
“Pork, Rice and Mashed Green Beans” — Photo by the author

Mashed green beans are served as a side dish with main meals or Sunday roast, with rice, roast potatoes, and a side salad. It is an easy dish to prepare and tastes good.

My mom always kept an extra portion or two for me for the next day. I loved it on my sandwiches with a nice thick slice of Cheddar cheese.

When I invited my friends in the UK to dinner they always asked, “will there be mashed green beans?” I guess they liked it.

The recipe below makes about 6 portions.

400 grams of green string bean pieces, fresh or frozen
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 large potatoes, sliced
2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
3 tablespoons full cream (optional)
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon fresh black pepper, or to taste
a dash of basil, or to taste
½ cup of water

1. Place the beans in a thick bottom cooking pot.
2. Add the onions, potatoes, spices, and water.
3. Bring to a boil and cook for about 20 minutes over medium heat.
4. When most of the water evaporated add butter or oil, and cream.
5. Reduce heat to the lowest setting.
6. Place a lid on the cooking pot and steam for another ten minutes.
7. Remove from heat. Using a potato masher mash the mixture to the consistency of mashed potatoes or to your preference.

“Coarsely Mashed Green Beans” — Photo by the author

1. You can add some grated cheddar or parmesan cheese to the beans just before you mash them.
2. You are welcome to use your own preferred herbs instead of basil.

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Jason Edmunds

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