Grilled Pole Beans Recipe

| July 30, 2009 | 6 Comments

Pole Beans

It was a rare occasion the other day: I headed off to the local organic farmers market without any children in tow. That meant I could meander around and take things slow while I shopped for vegetables for dinner, something for lunch and a few things to add to an extra special gift basket I am planning for someone. I could ponder over the local oils and gaze at the varieties of artisan bread. It was blissful.

I might have skipped a little on my way in. Maybe.

And it was because my attention was totally focused on the task at hand — shopping — that I was able to eavesdrop and learn that the two side by side containers of beans were in fact two different types — green beans and pole beans.

Pole beans are long (twice as long as a green bean) beans with more pronounced beans inside. They are a little thicker and tougher than their green bean counterparts. I was intrigued and couldn’t wait to give them a shot. So, on the recommendation of Patrick from Waldingfield Farm, I marinated and cooked the beans up on the grill.

The result? Really good. Super good.

We ate these beans that night with burgers in place of fries, and they were a perfect fit.

Grilled Pole Beans Recipe
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Serves: serves 4
  • 1 lb pole beans, washed
  • ¾ cup marinade (I used an herb and garlic marinade, but Italian dressing would be a good fit too)
  1. Pour the dressing over the beans and let marinate, tossing periodically, for 2-3 hours.
  2. 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.

Category: Camping Food, grill, Recipes, side dishes, vegetables, vegetarian

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Sarah Walker Caron is a writer, editor and recipe developer who loves to create delicious recipes the whole family can enjoy together. Her work has appeared in countless publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Maine with her two food-loving kids.

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  1. Mangochild says:

    With all the grilling I’ve been doing, I’ve never tried grilling green beans – somehow I thought they would burn before getting that grilled flavor. This way is something to try. That’s one more thing I like about getting food from the farmers’ markets – they often have great ideas on how to prepare the fresh produce they sell.

  2. zoe p. says:

    I love the idea of garlicky beans instead of fries.

  3. I’ve never heard of pole beans before – will definitely be keeping an eye out for them now.

  4. Adria says:

    I just recently started grilling all sorts of veggies. I wouldn’t have thought to put these on the grill. Looks yummy!

  5. Denny says:

    I grew up on pole beans from my grandmothers garden but never had them grilled . Trying it tonight

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