Szechwan Green Beans

2-3 tablespoons sesame oil
2 pounds trimmed green beans
8 garlic cloves, minced
½ teaspoon salt
Crushed red pepper to taste (optional)

Place wok or heavy, deep skillet over medium-high heat. After a minute, add oil. After another minute, add green beans. Raise heat to high and stir-fry 5 minutes until beans are well-seared. Add garlic, salt and optional red pepper. Stir-fry several more minutes, then remove from heat. Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes 6-8 servings.

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