I grow a lot of green beans in my garden each summer. I probably grow more than I should. But I love green beans and I like to be sure I’ll have enough of them in the freezer to last until the next season’s crop comes in. And I give a lot away because everyone should have homegrown green beans all winter! But, as much as I love them, green beans can get pretty humdrum. One of the ways I make them a bit more special is by making Green Beans Amandine.
You’ve probably heard of green beans almondine and think Green Beans Amandine is some exotic new variation on the recipe. It’s not. In the United States we call it almondine and in Europe they say “amandine” but it’s anything made with almonds whether you’re in Michigan or Paris.
This is an easy dish to bring together but it definitely elevates plain old green beans. Whether you’re serving them to your family or for guests you’ll be glad you took the few extra steps.
First toast about 1/4 cup of sliced almonds in a dry saute pan. This only takes a few seconds so be careful not to burn the nuts!
Bring a large pot of water, salted with a tablespoon of kosher salt, to a boil and drop in the green beans. Cook the beans for about 4 minutes so that they’re tender crisp and not soft. Drain the green beans and pat them dry.
Add 1 tablespoon of butter and a teaspoon of olive oil to a large skillet over medium high heat. When the butter is melted add the green beans, cooking for 1 minute. Then add the garlic and cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Be careful not to burn the garlic or it will be very bitter.
Pour the green beans into a large bowl and season with salt and pepper, tossing to distribute the seasoning. Drizzle with the lemon juice and top with the toasted almonds.
And there you have it! Green Beans Amandine! I love the crunch of the almonds, the hint of brightness from the lemon juice, and the delicate taste of garlic! If you’re a green bean lover like me you’ll love Green Beans Amandine!
Green Beans Amandine
Turn ordinary green beans into something really special with just 6 ingredients! Green Beans Amandine is sure to impress!