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Garlic Green Beans with Almonds aka Amandine

Garlic green beans with almonds or amandine is a classic easy and delicious side dish that cooks in under 15 minutes.

Rich with butter and heady with garlic and an almond garnish that is often called almondine in the US.

Close up garlic green beans served in a small pan garnished with almonds.

Garlic French Beans with Almonds.

Sauteed garlic green beans in plenty of butter with a crunchy crisp almond topping, c’mon what’s not to love?!

Whilst this may seem a little odd to some the almond garnish is a classic French technique and it is simply glorious.

It is called amandine, in American cookbooks, it is often referred to as almondine.

It is a super quick and simple recipe to cook, I do like to blanch the beans first and quench in cold water. I find that it helps retain the colour and gives the beans the best texture.

Even then this whole dish comes together in just 15 minutes, which means you can pull it together whilst resting a roasted piece of meat.

Overhead garlic green beans served on a white plate garnished with almonds.

Frequently Asked Questions?

Can this be prepared in advance?

Yes, I serve this dish most often alongside roasted meat. As a result, I need it to come together in the 5-20 minutes that it takes to rest a steak or rest joint of meat.

To make this happen, I prepare the beans in advance and then quench them in ice-cold water. You can do this a couple of hours in advance.

I also toast my almonds and slice the garlic in advance, again anywhere up to a couple of hours.

Then all you have to do is sautee the garlic and green beans for two or three minutes in butter.

Can I use frozen green beans?

Yes, but I have had mixed results, some frozen green beans can be a bit “soggy”.

I avoid blanching frozen green beans and just run them under cold water to defrost them and then head straight into sauteeing in butter and garlic.

Are there any variations?

Oh yes! Adding different seasonings to tailor this side dish to your main is a great idea!

So if I am serving it with these pan-fried sea bream fillets, I would add a squeeze of lemon juice.

But if I were serving them alongside my veal scallopini then I would add some parmesan cheese.

Other additions that work well are chilli flakes and thyme, you can even add bacon or some smoked sausage!

Garlic green beans served on a white plate garnished with almonds.

Serving Suggestions.

These garlic green beans amandine are the perfect side dish for roasted joints of meat like my perfect roast chicken, my garlic lemon chicken breast or crispy pork belly.

But it works great with smaller sliced meats too. I often serve them with pan seared pork chops and my pork belly slices.

It also works just as well with fish. They would be great served with a perfectly pan seared salmon fillet and it is pictured here with my baked cod in tomato sauce recipe.

Garlic green beans served in a small pan garnished with almonds.
Yield: 2 Servings

Garlic Green Beans with Almonds Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Gloriously buttery garlic green beans, and perfectly toasted almonds make for a wonderfull simple and delicious side dish.

Ingredients

  • 150g (~1 Cup) Trimmed Green Beans
  • 30g (~¼ Cup) Slivered Almonds
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 30g (2 Tbsp) Butter
  • Pinch Salt

Instructions

  1. Heat a dry frying pan over a medium heat.
  2. Add the almonds and toast until golden then remove.
  3. Slice the garlic cloves as finely as possible.
  4. Fill the pan with 2cm of water and bring to the boil.
  5. Add the green beans a blanch for 2 minutes.
  6. Drain and then run the beans under cold water.
  7. Return the pan to a high-medium heat and add the butter.
  8. When it foams add the garlic and cook for 60 seconds.
  9. Throw in the green beans and saute for three minutes.
  10. Add the almonds and cook for a final 60 seconds.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

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.

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