Adding toasted almonds to green beans give them a special flare. The precooking of the beans also helps timing a meal by reducing one thing that needs to be done simultaneously.
Green Beans with Toasted Almonds
- 2 cups fresh green beans, cut into bite sized pieces
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
Toast sliced almonds in a skillet over medium heat stirring frequently. Watch for them to slightly brown and you will become aware of the roasted scent. They will start to smoke a bit and that is the sign they are about done. Be careful – they will go from nicely brown to burned in seconds once they reach the browned state.
Cook green beans in boiling water until just tender. Drain and place into with cold water to stop the cooking process instantly.
When the rest of the meal is ready add the drained beans to the skillet along with a small amount of olive oil and toss until the beans are hot again.
Add 1/2 the toasted almonds and cook & stir just a little bit. This won’t take very long, you don’t want to over cook the almonds.
Serve along with the rest of the meal, topped with the remaining almonds. The flavor and texture of the almonds add a delightful touch to the beans. An impressive touch with very little effort. I do this almost every time I have the beans and they are great with pretty much any meal.