Cooking a side dish like Green Beans Amandine from scratch is an adventure that yields amazing results. The flavor is exceptional. No frozen or pre-made product can compare to the quality of the homemade recipe.
- water, as needed
- 1 Cup whole raw almonds
- 2 pounds green beans, ends trimmed, and strings removed
- Kosher salt, to taste
- freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons freshly-chopped parsley
- 2 teaspoons freshly-chopped thyme
- Begin by blanching the almonds. In a small saucepan, place 3 inches of water, and bring to a boil. Add the almonds and cook for 1 minute. Remove the saucepan from the heat and set aside for 3 minutes to cool.
- Remove the almonds from the water, squeeze each almond between your thumb and forefinger to remove the skin, and set them aside for 5 minutes to dry and cool. Using a sharp knife, split the almonds in half lengthwise, and set aside.
- Place the green beans in a large steamer basket and steam for 3 to 5 minutes or until tender. Transfer the steamed green beans to a large bowl.
- Season the green beans to taste with salt and pepper, toss gently, and set aside.
- In a non-stick skillet, place the olive oil and halved almonds, and cook the mixture over medium-high heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until the almonds are golden brown. Remove the skillet from the heat, add the remaining ingredients, and stir well to combine.
- Pour the hot almond mixture over the green beans and toss well to thoroughly coat the beans with the mixture.
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