Seriously Good Green Beans Amandine Recipe

Recipe Category: Side-Dish

Seriously Good Green Beans Amandine Recipe

Ingredients

Makes 4 To 5 Servings

  • salt for the cooking water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • ¾ cup chopped almonds
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (1 good-sized clove)
  • 1½ pounds green beans, stem ends trimmed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Method

  1. Put a large pot of cold water to boil over high heat, and add a big pinch of salt
  2. Place a large colander in the sink
  3. While waiting for the water to boil, place a large (10-to 12-inch) heavy skillet over medium-low heat and add the olive oil
  4. When the oil has become warm (after about 3 minutes), add the butter and swirl to combine
  5. Turn the heat down to low, add the almonds, and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 8 minutes, or until they give off a toasty aroma
  6. During the last couple of minutes, stir in the garlic
  7. Watch carefully and keep stirring, turning the heat down if the almonds or garlic begins to burn
  8. Remove the pan from the heat and set it aside
  9. When the water boils, turn the heat down to low and add the green beans
  10. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the beans turn bright green and shiny and are beginning to become tender
  11. This is subjective, so do a taste test
  12. When they are done to your liking, drain them in the colander, shaking it emphatically, and then dry the beans by patting them with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel
  13. Return the pan of almonds to the stove over medium-low heat
  14. Add the green beans, turning them with tongs until they are uniformly coated with the oil and nicely mingled with the almonds
  15. Sprinkle in the salt as you go
  16. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature

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