I’m constantly looking for ways to treat vegetables special. Light steaming during the weekdays are fine but for a special meal we need to spend a few extra minutes. Even on green beans. This is a classic dish that goes great with most meats. The few extra steps of browning almonds and butter makes plain old green beans special again.
Makes 6-8 servings 20 mins hands on time 40 mins total
- 1/4 cup slice almonds
- 1 pound green beans (trimmed)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (optional and missing from picture)
- salt and pepper
- Toast the almonds in a dry skillet on medium low heat for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. Watch closely and remove when they begin to turn brown. It’s easy to overdo it.
- Add 2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet. Stir frequently for 3-4 minutes. The butter will turn golden brown. Move off heat and let cool in separate bowl to avoid burning.
- Steam the green beans in a separate pan with medium heat and 1/2 cup of water. Cook for 10 minutes. The beans should be tender but not soft. Drain off remaining water.
- Off heat pour the butter almond mixture and 1 teaspoon lemon juice over the beans. Salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine.
Notes from the Guy
It’s better to undercook the butter and almonds. When we filmed the video the almonds and butter were too brown. We plan to film and post a new video later.