Recipe: Green Beans with Almonds

by Sana Sandström

almond topped green beansThe other green, long, boring bean. How can you liven up this old standby?

Add almonds! The slivered almonds add a satisfying crunch to the smooth texture of the beans.

This recipe is so easy even your "I don't cook" hubby can do it and so elegant it can grace even a formal table. All you need is a few ingredients and you'll look like you just walked off the set of food channel.

Green Beans with Almonds

Prep time: 10 minutes | Total time: 10 minutes | Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

• 1 pound fresh green beans of 16 ounces frozen French-style green beans
• 1/2 cup slivered almonds
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 2 teaspoons lemon juice
• 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

Wash and french-cut the green beans. Place them in a saucepan, cover with water and cook until crisp-tender.

Meanwhile, in a skillet over low heat, toast almonds in butter. Remove from the heat; stir in lemon juice and salt.

Drain the beans. Add almond mixture and toss to coat. These make a perfect side dish for our lamb chops with rosemary and mint.

Almonds, black sesame seeds, dill...what gives your side dishes that extra zing? Let us know in the comments.

Cook's Note

What does a full moon over the ocean and slivered almonds on top green beans have in common?

They both add a touch of magic and romance to what might otherwise seem an drab scene. What special touches have you tried?

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