Those who are looking for delicious yet healthy food must be ecstatic to find this recipe for green beans almondine. This traditional French side dish is just perfect for people who want quick meal with no fuss and absolutely within budget. Just follow this simple recipe and fancy yet cheap meal will be in your plate in no time.
- 2 9-ounces package frozen green beans or approximately one pound fresh green beans, cut French-style. Fresh green beans are definitely the better option for this recipe for green beans almondine
- 2 tablespoons thinly sliced or slivered almond
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed is preferable
- Water for blanching the green beans
- Salt to taste
- If using frozen green beans, slice beans in French-style then prepare it according to the package direction.
- If using fresh green beans, slice them in French-style. Cook green beans in salted boiling water until tender but still maintaining their shapes. It usually takes only about two to five minutes. Drain the beans from salted water.
- Melt butter over low heat then add slivered almond. Keep on stirring until the almond pieces turn into nice golden color.
- Turn of the heat then add lemon juice and salt according to preference. Salt can be omitted if desired.
- Pour sauce over cooked green beans and stir well until every bean is coated with the sauce. Place it on serving dish and it is ready to be enjoyed.
- This recipe for green beans almondine can serve up to six people.
This dish is called haricots verts amandine in its original language. It is nutritious and in this recipe each serving only carries 70.5 calories. It takes less than thirty minutes to make this dish from prepping to finishing, so it is suitable for weekdays cooking. Traditionally it is served alongside an entrée such as beef steak, roast chicken, or grilled fish. However, eating it as meal on its own is alright too. This dish is suitable for people who are undergoing low carbohydrate diet. This vegetarian dish can also be made vegan by replacing butter with margarine as well.
There are several ways to improve this recipe. Adding more butter can elevate its creaminess, although definitely affect the calorie counts. Some chefs have suggested cooking the butter until its milk solid turns darker color or is often called as brown butter. It will give the finished dish toasted nutty flavor, adding richness to almond and green beans. Many people are getting creative too with this dish. Some of them add sliced mushroom to give more umami flavor. Adding bacon is another way to improve the flavor. Its saltiness will give amazing note to the dish. Some people also use other seasonings like soy sauce or garlic and onion powder to give this dish flavor boost.
It is a perfect recipe if you want quick and easy side dish to accompany your meals. More people with dietary restrictions can enjoy this dish too. This recipe for green beans almondine needs to be in your cooking repertoire!