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Toasted Almond Green Beans Recipe


Green beans with almonds
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This toasted almond green bean recipe is a holiday classic. It's also very simple to prepare and can be made ahead and reheated later. The almonds give the green beans a great texture, and make a basic vegetable side dish into something special.

Makes 8 Portions of Toasted Almond Green Beans

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • bowl of ice water
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2/3 cup sliced almonds
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste


Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add beans and blanch for 3-4 minutes, until crisp-tender. Remove beans with a strainer into a bowl of ice water. Once completely chilled, drain, and reserve.

In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the green beans and cook, tossing occasionally, until they are heated through, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. Use tongs to transfer to a serving dish.

Add the almonds into the now empty skillet, and cook in the remaining butter (more can be added if necessary) until the almonds turn a very light tan. Pour the toasted almond and butter over the green beans.

This can be done a few hours ahead and reheated in the microwave for a few minutes before service.
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