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Green Beans Almondine

Pairing green beans with almonds in Green Beans Almondine elevates both elements and makes an elegant dish.

Almondine is the French way of saying “with almond garnish,” but in this dish, the almonds have equal standing with the green beans. Not only do the crisp green beans pair well with the buttery crunch of the almonds, but the appealing combination of bright green and creamy brown colors announce to diners that something delicious is about to entertain their taste buds.

Classic green beans almondine is a very simple dish. This recipe is, too; in fact, it omits the ice bath after the beans are blanched. Typically, this step is necessary to stop the beans from cooking—and getting limp. But because you’ll be moving the beans directly from the blanching pot to the sauté pan for flavoring, the ice bath isn’t necessary. Should you want to prepare the green beans ahead of time, you should place them in the ice bath, then drain them on a towel, and refrigerate in an airtight container for up to three days.

Either way, when blanching, err on the side of less time, not more. You can always cook the green beans in the pan a little longer. But once the beans are overcooked, you can’t go back. Additionally, be sure you don’t spare the salt in the blanching water. Salting the water seasons the beans through and through, and also helps retain the bright green color.

This recipe is easy and comes together fast, which is a plus, but be sure to read it through and have all your ingredients in place before starting. Then savor this classic side dish with fish, chicken, beef, or a grain, such as couscous or brown rice.

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Green beans almondine

Green Beans Almondine

This classic green bean dish adds just enough flavors to complement the fresh beans without overshadowing them. Choose a slim, tender green bean like Blue Lake or Mascotte to create a tender side dish that’s a feast for the eyes. Serve this speedy recipe as a side dish on a weeknight or whenever you have guests.

  • Author: Norann Oleson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Category: Sides & Sauces

Ingredients

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  • 1 pound long, slim green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 heaping cup sliced almonds
  • 2 medium shallots, finely diced
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • Zest of one small lemon
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season the water liberally with kosher salt (it should be very salty to taste).
  2. Blanch the green beans for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until they are crisp-tender and slightly squeaky between your teeth. It is important that the green beans be slightly undercooked as they will be transferred directly to the skillet and will continue cooking during this time.
  3. Meanwhile in a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-low heat until lightly bubbling. Add the sliced almonds and sauté, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes or until they are starting to turn golden brown. Reduce the heat to low and add the chopped shallots and garlic. Sauté for an additional 1 to 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until fragrant and lightly caramelized.
  4. Using a large, slotted spoon, tongs, or kitchen spider, transfer the blanched green beans from the boiling water directly to the skillet. Sauté briefly, gently tossing the green beans with the almond mixture until evenly combined and the green beans are tender. Add the lemon zest and lemon juice, toss once again, and season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper. Serve immediately.

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