Pomegranate molasses - one of my absolute favorite flavorings - gives the green beans a sweet and sour finish which is enlivened by a hint of heat from the dried red pepper. Pomegranate molasses and walnuts seem to go together, but I have broken with tradition here by using pecans. You can find pomegranate molasses in middle eastern food markets, but I prepare my own and I have included directions here (see the asterisk). You will need to prepare the molasses ahead of time. —friendlyoaks
Heat the oil in a wide skillet over high heat. Add the green beans and stir them in the heated oil until the skins start to blister.
Lower heat to medium. Add the onion and stir for a minute or two.
Add the pomegranate molasses, lime juice, sugar and dried red pepper. Stir to coat the green beans. Let them cool somewhat.
Arrange the greens evenly on a serving platter. Spoon the green beans over the greens and sprinkle them with pecans, raisins and orange zest.
**To make pomegranate molasses, boil 2 cups of 100% pure pomegranate juice (no sugar, no other fruits, no preservatives, just the juice, the whole juice, and nothing but the juice) until reduced to 1/2 cup. When cool, pour it into a sterilized jar. I keep it on the shelf, but store an opened jar in the refrigerator. It will keep almost forever.**