Green Beans Amandine
Amandine is a French term that means 'garnished with almonds'. The most popular amandine dishes are green beans and sole or trout. I love green beans that are simply cooked and lightly buttered, as in the similar and related recipes links, but the almonds in this quick and easy recipe add a nutty flavor and texture. Serve for a family dinner, special occasion or elegant entertaining.
- 1 pound fresh green beans
- 2 tablespoons butter, preferably unsalted
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted (see notes below)
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Cook beans in lightly salted boiling water until tender-crisp, about 10 minutes depending on size. Drain well. Return to pot; add butter and lemon juice. Stir until butter is melted. Add salt, pepper, and almonds; stir well to combine. Serve immediately.
Notes: To toast the almonds, place them in a small dry fry pan or the pot in which you will cook the beans. Place over medium heat, stirring often, until golden. Alternately, place them on a sheet pan in a preheated 350° F oven for about 8 minutes.