This is my first side dish I’ve done for my blog and it is probably one of my most favorite side dishes to ever be made! Several years ago when I was home for Thanksgiving or Christmas, my mom and I were trying to come up with an updated green bean dish so we found a recipe in a Bon Appetite magazine and sort of created this recipe from that. Green beans are fabulous on their own, but add toasted almonds and lots of flavor and this dish is delicious! This dish is specifically for french green beans, not the canned kind, so I don’t really know how well it would work to use a can of beans. Use frozen or fresh beans and you’ll be set!
This is one of those dishes that really doesn’t need a recipe and usually changes slightly each time I make it, so here’s my best effort at a recipe.
All you need is olive oil, shallot, diced/chopped raw almonds, salt/pepper and green beans.
Start by heating up oil in a skillet and adding a finely diced shallot. I used about 2 teaspoons worth of diced shallot. If you don’t have a shallot you can mince garlic and then do a super fine chop on a red onion and saute those together. Saute them over medium heat for just about 2 minutes.
Turn down the heat to medium-low and add in the chopped almonds. I had some whole raw almonds in my pantry and chopped them myself, but if you already have the diced almonds then you’re a step ahead of the rest of us! I used just about 1/3 cup of chopped almonds in this recipe.
You want to make sure the almonds can get toasted well and not burned (because trust me, they burn quickly) so keep the heat low. Stir the shallots and almonds and then sprinkle on a good amount of kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper.
When the almonds get dark like the picture below, you know it’s ready to add in the green beans.
Toss in the blanched green beans and toss them with the almonds. The green beans need to be blanched because they aren’t really cooking when you toss them in the skillet, just warming up and mixing with the oil/shallots/almonds. For less crunchy beans, cook them in boiling water until they’re almost done then add them into the skillet.
Toss and then serve! I swear these are the best green beans ever. Just looking at them makes me want to go and make another batch! I made these for dinner last night and may or may not have eaten almost the whole plate. This was about 3-4 cups of beans. :)
I love this recipe because it’s a delicious upgrade on a simple green bean side dish – make it at your next dinner party and impress your guests! It’s also very easy to add different flavors and create your own dish. Add a few splashes of fresh lemon juice, or smoked paprika, etc. The options are limitless!
- 2 Tablespoons Oil
- 2 Teaspoons finely diced Shallot
- 1/3 cup chopped raw Almonds
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- few grinds of ground pepper
- 3-4 cups blanched Green Beans
- Heat oil and saute shallot - 2 minutes
- Add almonds, salt, pepper and toast - about 5-7 minutes
- Add in green beans, toss and cook 1-2 minutes
- Serve hot