Green beans are in season at the Hollywood farmers market. They're delicious and good for you, raw or steamed. Iron, vitamin C, and plenty of other good stuff are packed into these snappy spring sensations.
But that's no fun. Let's be honest: as good as green beans are, everything is better with butter. Green beans almondine is a show stopping side dish that says summer is on it's way. Lots of variations exist, but because "almonds are heart healthy" is my excuse for the butter, I like to back that up with a kick of fresh garlic.
- 1 pound green beans
- 1 half cup raw, unsalted almonds
- 1 and a half tablespoons butter
- 1 clove garlic
- Pick the ends off the green beans and set them up to steam. Steam green beans until they've reached desired tenderness (I like mine still a bit crunchy, so that's about 5 minutes).
- While green beans are cooking, chop garlic and almonds if necessary.
- Fry the almonds and garlic in the butter until the almonds and butter begin to brown,
- Transfer green beans into a bowl and pour your taste brown butter almond sauce over them.
- Bask in green, garlicky goodness.