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green beans
sue
12/20/10
I am a caterer and traditionally do frozen green beans in a sauce on the stove top. I have 800 people next week and wonder if i can do the beans covered in the oven. Defrost first? Pour hot sauce over frozen beans? will they mush?

Thanks so much for any oven tips, Sue

ellen
12/20/10
To do well they have to be shallow in the pans. Do you have that much oven space?

The problen with pouring the hot sauce over frozen beans is, the beans throw off a LOT of moisture. If you choose to do this way, make the sauce much thicker than usual.

Unless overcooked, they don't mush.

Rach
02/01/11
I am helping with a wedding. We need to prepare frozen green beans for 130 people. The reception hall does not have a stove, so we are using lots of roasters! Does anyone know how to prepare the green beans so they will not get mushy?
ellen
02/02/11
In that case, I would do either a green bean casserole such as my better green bean casserole, or Greek style with dill, tomatoes, onions, or southern style with potatoes and bacon. Roasters are not well suited to steaming, which is what you want for crispy green beans.
lynn
02/08/11
From reading the previous Q&A's it doesnt sound like a roaster is a good choice for preparing whole, frozen green beans. I need to do enough for 80 people with bacon and a light sauce. What would you suggest?
lynn
02/08/11
From reading the previous Q&A's it doesnt sound like a roaster is a good choice for preparing whole, frozen green beans. I need to do enough for 80 people with bacon and a light sauce. What would you suggest?
ellen
02/10/11
If you are cooking these southern style, quite done, the roaster would be OK, but you would probably want to do in 2. Otherwise, I would steam top of stove, cook the bacon and sauce separately and mix in the chafer.