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* What to do with Flat Beans

Updated on November 7, 2016
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Sometimes Titia Geertman loves to cook and bake and showing off her recipes. Some are traditional, some are not, but all are delicious.

Flat beans-tomatoes, baked potatoes, fresh salade and pork chops

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Growing Flat Beans


Little info about Flat Beans

In my country - The Netherlands - flat beans are a most common veggie, which by most people is prepared in a total different way than I'll show you here in my own recipe.

As English is not my native language, I had to look up the English name for this bean. I think flat beans is a proper name for them. Like French beans, they are running beans, meaning they climb upwards along high wooden sticks or a wire netting fence. You can even grow them in a pot on your balcony along a strong rope.

We call them "Snijboon" (Cutting bean) because they way they're normally prepared is cutting the bean dioganal in small strings, like you see in the photo below. They even invented machines to do the cutting for you.

Those sliced beans were cooked in water with a pinch of salt and to be honest: I have never liked them the way they normally prepare these beans.

So when I grew up and had my own household, I thought up another way of preparing these beans and I like them much better now. In fact we eat them quite a lot I must say.

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  • 1 package Flat beans, or 2 if you are big eaters
  • 4 Tomatoes, Fresh
  • 2 spoons Oil, I always use Olive Oil
  • a pinch of Salt

Cook Time for Flat Beans with Tomatoes

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Serves 4 people, depending how much you eat.

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Step 1. Cut the beansStep 2. Put oil in the frying panStep 3. Stir the beans and let them simmerStep 4. Cut the TomatoesStep 5. Mix the Tomatoes with the Flat Beans
Step 1. Cut the beans
Step 1. Cut the beans | Source
Step 2. Put oil in the frying pan
Step 2. Put oil in the frying pan | Source
Step 3. Stir the beans and let them simmer
Step 3. Stir the beans and let them simmer | Source
Step 4. Cut the Tomatoes
Step 4. Cut the Tomatoes | Source
Step 5. Mix the Tomatoes with the Flat Beans
Step 5. Mix the Tomatoes with the Flat Beans | Source

Preparing the Flat Beans

  1. Take the beans out of the package and cut off their head and tail with a sharp knife.
  2. Cut the beans into small pieces. Not to big or it will take a longer time for them to get soft and edible.
  3. Put the olive oil (or other oil if you don't like olive oil) in the baking pan and let it heat.
  4. Put in the sliced beans and stir them around with a wooden spoon until they all have been in contact with the oil. Stir them around for a few minutes and then lower the heat and put the lit on the pan and let the beans simmer for a while until they get darker and softer.
  5. Take the 4 or 5 tomatoes and cut them in small pieces. I never take of the skin of the tomatoes, because then they will get too mushy rather quick.
  6. When the beans are almost done (soft but still a bit firm) add the tomatoes and stir around carefully. When all is soft and hot, the flat beans with tomatoes are done.

You'll need a sharp kitchen knife to cut the beans

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Porc Chop Titia's way


There's a Porc Chop to roast

In Holland we have a slightly different way to eat our dinner than they do in the USA. We put our veggies, potatoes, and meat all in once on our plate. Even if we add a cold salade it's put on that same plate. Our portions are normally not that big, so it will all fit on that one plate.

Porc Chops

I do like porc chops, in fact it's about the only meat I eat besides the meat of my own sheep.

For this recipe I roast them in a special way. I add some powder spices like Coriander, Cumin and Turmeric and then some soya sauce while roasting the meat in a frying pan. It gives a delicious flavour to the meat and it goes very well with the flat beans.

The meat will take longer to cook, so you have to prepare that before your start with the veggie.

Green Salade
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We need more than only Veggies and Meat

We need some potatoes and a little fresh salade on the plate (or on the side).


You can either bake some leftover potatoes or you can cook potatoes. Both go well with this recipe. I myself prefer baked potatoes.

Fresh Salade:

I always buy some simple ready made fresh salade, because they're cheap and tastes good. Sometimes I add a little tin of corn to it. You can of course make your own if you want to, but don't overdo it, the main veggie is the Flat Beans with Tomatoes.

Enjoy your meal!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 2 years ago from Planet Earth

      Titia - I learned a lot from your hub! I've heard the term 'flat beans' before, and I'm thinking they might be what we call lima beans here - not sure. But I do like eating them. Your recipes sound so good - and you might even be able to divide them up into several hubs to get more attention to the 'extra' recipes you included for us!

      Voted up and up. So glad you have you with us on HP! Welcome aboard!

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      Titia Geertman 2 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Swisstoons: I don't think they're the same as Italian beans as far as I can see, but I don't know for sure. Flat beans (or pole beans) don't produce actual beans like the fava beans.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 2 years ago from Michigan

      That looks delicious. Would love to dig in! Am trying to make up my mind whether I'd like a beer or a glass of wine as accompaniment. Are these flat beans the same as Italian beans?

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      darkprinceofjazz 2 years ago

      My mother used to make these all the time with little unpeeled red potatoes and smoked sausage, after being cooked for hours with salt pork. LOL, she would put spoons full of bacon grease in there sometimes.

      After she developed carpel tunnel, guess who had to break those beans and pull the strings out? I used to dread that.

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      Tony Payne 2 years ago from Southampton, UK

      We call them Runner Beans in the UK and we love them.

      We usually prepare them by chopping the ends off, then pushing them through a slicer that shreds them into thin strips.

      We then just add them to boiling water and cook them until tender.

      Best served with meat and potatoes and maybe other vegetables, and all smothered in British style with thick dark gravy.

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      I think it is the same thing we call pole beans around here. We have some growing in cages. We grow bush beans too. Whatever they are called, they are good to eat.

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