Thursday, September 2, 2010

Green Beans Almondine

Green beans almondine is an old skool recipe that has fallen out of vogue. The Kitchen Witch is here to revive this old classic!!

I've had green bean almondine as a side dish in many frozen dinners in my time. I've also had it in a few restaurants, the results left me wanting more from my humble side dish. Sorry, but just dumping a few almonds on top of frozen beans does not constitute an almondine. Green bean almondine should be elegant, nutty flavored and simple yet elegant.

Turns out, like most things, that its not hard at all!! As a matter of fact this side dish takes about 5 minutes from start to finish - yet tastes like you spent all day. It is a family favorite around here, especially now that we've got lots of beans coming in daily from the garden. I hope you try this old time classic for your family soon!

Green Bean Almondine

serves 4
1/2 to 3/4 lb fresh green beans
1 T butter
2 T blanched slivered almonds
pinch of kosher salt

Pinch off any tough ends on the green beans. Place beans into a microwave safe dish with about 1 inch of water at the bottom. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave 3-5 minutes, until beans are tender crisp. Allow beans to rest 1 minute after taking out of microwave to finish the cooking process.

While the beans are steaming prepare the almondine. In a small pan combine the butter and almonds. Heat over medium high heat, stirring often to avoid burning. Cook about 2 minutes or until almonds are golden brown and smell toasty.

Drain green beans and add them to the butter almond sauce. Add the salt & toss to coat. That's it!

Nutrition Facts
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4 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 61.9
Total Fat 4.6 g
Saturated Fat 1.9 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.9 g
Cholesterol 7.8 mg
Sodium 42.6 mg
Potassium 143.6 mg
Total Carbohydrate 4.7 g
Dietary Fiber 2.3 g
Sugars 0.2 g
Protein 1.8 g


Kayla said...

Oh wow this looks so yummy!

StephenC said...

Alas, our beans are finished for the season. Wish I'd thought of this.

Ananda Rajashekar said...

Am a green bean girl....would love to try this...Gorgeous eye catching pic Andrea :)

Pam said...

Simple and delicious.

Chef Bee said...

You are right, it needed this update. Thanks for sharing, looks great.

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Siri said...

Green beans and almonds are the perfect combination. I like to add garlic too : )

Stella said...

Yum. Revive it! Revive it (smile)!

Jenn said...

I love it! We just had green beans for dinner, now I wish I would have made them this way!! :)

Michelle J said...

Simple can be so darn good! Now I need some green beans! :)

Michelle J said...

Simple can be so darn good! Now I need some green beans! :)

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