Green beans with almonds is a classic simple and delicious simple side dish that is so much more than its constituent parts!
What is Amandine.
Amandine is a classic old fashioned garnish of toasted almonds. In American cookbooks, it is often referred to as almondine.
As the name suggests, it hails from France and it is delicious.
What’s not to love about fresh green beans sauteed with butter and garlic?
Add a bit of a crunchy nutty topping and you are onto a real winner.
Perfect with everything from fish like my pan-fried sea bream fillets, to potatoes to green beans as I do here it is fantastic.
It is also really quick and simple so you can throw it together as a side for your Sunday roast chicken without even thinking.
But it also works really well with everything from fish to simply pan fried pork chops.
Variations and Additions.
This recipe is a side dish and it should be tweaked to match whatever you are serving it with.
For instance, I add a little squeeze of lemon juice to them when serving with the cod in tomato sauce pictured above.
But if I were serving them alongside my veal scallopini then I would add some parmesan cheese to my green beans with almonds.
Naturally, you can make this dish vegan by omitting the butter.
If I were doing this I would use a nice nutty olive oil rather than a butter substitute!
It also works really well with frozen green beans. It gives a lovely lift to something quite ordinary that has been languishing in the freezer.
Gloriously buttery green beans, a touch of garlic and perfectly toasted almonds make for a wonderfull simple and delicious side dish.
- 150 g (5.25 oz) Trimmed Green Beans
- 30 g (1 oz) Niibbed Almonds
- 1 Garlic Clove
- 30 g (1 oz) Butter
- Pinch Salt
- Heat a dry frying pan over a medium heat.
- Add the nibbed almonds and toast until golden then remove.
- Slice the garlic clove as finely as possible.
- Fill the pan with 2cm of water and bring to the boil.
- Add the green beans a blanch for 2 minutes.
- Drain and then run the beans under cold water.
- Return the pan to a high-medium heat and add the butter.
- When it foams add the garlic and cook for 60 seconds.
- Throw in the green beans and saute for three minutes.
- Add the almonds and cook for a final 60 seconds.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 193Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 210mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 4g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.