Green beans almondine is a classic; and in this recipe video, I show you how to make them. Green beans make a great vegetable side dish for so many meals, and through the simple act of adding a few almonds, and a bit of butter, you elevate the dish in both flavor and “class”. For this version, I blanch the green beans (which you can do hours ahead of time) then sauté them at the last minute before serving. Total cooking time is about 10 minutes. Hope you enjoy them.
Recipe Overview and Keys to Success
To make a great dish, make sure that you do these few things:
- Don’t overcook the green beans. You want them to be just barely tender when you serve them, not limp and soggy. The best way to ensure they are cooked right, is to blanch them first, then sauté them with almonds at the last minute.
- Toast the almonds. Toasted nuts have more flavor and a better crunch, so take a few minutes to toast them before adding to the beans
- Use a touch of butter to sauté the beans in, with the almonds. Nothing quite has the flavor of butter, and with a bit of salt and pepper, you’re good to go.
RECIPE FOR GREEN BEANS ALMONDINE
Ingredients (for about 2 people)
- 2 tablespoons of almonds
- Handful of green beans
- Pat of butter
- Salt and pepper
Making Green Bean Almondine
- Clean and blanch the green beans – this can be done hours ahead of time; just keep the beans in the fridge wrapped in a paper towel
- Toast the almonds – if you use whole almonds chop them after toasting
- When you’re ready to make the beans, put a sauté pan on the heat and add the butter
- Once sizzling, add the green beans and toss them in the butter
- Cook them until just tender – which should be just a couple minutes
- Add the almonds and toss again
- Season with salt and pepper
I love to serve these with simple fish dishes, which is very traditional, but they are also great with chicken, pork, and even beef. Hope you enjoy them!!