Green Bean Almondine
Crisp green bean almondine is a simple side dish made extra special with the addition of buttery, pan fried almonds and fresh dill! There is no better reason to start eating your greens than these green beans with almonds.
Servings 4 people
- 7 oz green beans
- 3.5 Tbsp. butter (1/2 cup)
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1 handful fresh dill optional
- salt and pepper preferably maldon sea salt or sea salt flakes
Add washed and trimmed green beans to a small pan. Add boiling water from the kettle and simmer on the stove for 2 minutes.
After 2 minutes, immediately drain the water and plunge the green beans into ice water to stop the cooking process and to help keep the green beans crisp and bright in color.
Next, place a frying pan on medium heat and add butter. Once the butter has melted add the sliced almonds and toss together. Fry for 5 minutes, allowing the almonds to lightly brown.
Add a squeeze of lemon juice and then take off the heat. RECIPE NOTE: Adding the juice will cause the butter to simmer and reduce rapidly, this further browns the butter and almonds. Removing the pan from the heat prevents burning.
Drain the green beans from the ice water. Add to the pan and toss with the buttered almonds. Stir in some fresh dill, season, and then serve immediately.
If you have maldon sea salt or sea salt flakes you are going to want to use it to sprinkle at the very end. This will make for an amazing combination of flavors and textures. Try it!
Trimming green beans needn't be a hassle. The ends that need to go are the ones with the remaining stems (where the bean was attached to the plant). The thinner, tapered end can stay - no trimming required.
As with most vegetables, fruits and salads, green beans can be rinsed under cold tap water to ensure any debris and dirt has been washed away. Essentially, that's all you need to do to clean green beans for any green beans recipe. So easy!
Short on time - you can skip the blanching part. They will still be delicious. I promise!
- Line your green beans up so the stem ends are all together on the same side.
- Use your hand to line up evenly and keep them in place, then carefully slice the stem tips off with a sharp knife.
Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 685IU | Vitamin C: 6.3mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg