Toasted Almond Green Beans Recipe

Green beans with almonds
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  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings

This toasted almond green bean recipe is a holiday classic. It's also very simple to prepare and can be made ahead and reheated later. The almonds give the green beans a great texture, and make a basic vegetable side dish into something special.

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 pounds green beans (trimmed)
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 2/3 cup almonds (sliced)
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

How to Make It

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add beans and blanch for 3-4 minutes, until crisp-tender. Remove beans with a strainer into a bowl of ice water. Once completely chilled, drain, and reserve.

In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the green beans and cook, tossing occasionally, until they are heated through, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.

Use tongs to transfer to a serving dish.

Add the almonds to the now empty skillet, and cook in the remaining butter (more can be added if necessary) until the almonds turn a very light tan. Pour the toasted almond and butter over the green beans.

This can be done a few hours ahead and reheated in the microwave for a few minutes before service.