Festive Green Beans

Festive Green Beans-1-22One of my favorite side dishes to serve with many, many different meals are green beans. These slender green beauties make any meal a special occasion, even if served on a normal Wednesday night. It only takes a few minutes to prepare the green beans, and you  can even do most of the prep work ahead of time, to make things easier when serving them at special occasions.

I usually prepare the green beans really, really simply, but for a holiday table, it’s time to step it up a notch and add some crunchy, toasted almonds, bright and aromatic lemon zest, garlic and parsley and top it all off with a dusting of nutty Parmesan cheese.

I’m sure you can all agree that cooking space is extremely limited on the holidays, and it’s a challenge to squeeze in everything that needs to be done and you need to almost become a magician to figure out how to schedule everything that needs to get done, which dish needs to go in the oven or on the stove at what time and so on. This is a perfect addition to the menu, since you can make it on the stovetop and it only takes a very short time to prepare.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs green beans

salt, pepper

1/4-1/2 cup almonds, sliced

1 – 1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil

3-5 garlic cloves, sliced

1-2 teaspoon lemon zest

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated

1/2 Tablespoon fresh parsley, minced

Bring a pot of generously salted water to a boil. Blanch the green beans in the boiling water for about 3 minutes, drain. Festive Green Beans-1-4

Festive Green Beans-1-10Meanwhile, toast the almonds on a dry skillet until they are golden brown. Set aside. Festive Green Beans-1-2

Festive Green Beans-1-6In the same skillet, heat the olive oil on medium high heat and add the sliced garlic. Cook until the garlic turns golden, but be careful not to burn it, since it will taste bitter. Festive Green Beans-1-8(I used garlic slices in this recipe because I wanted it to resemble the sliced almonds, but you can also used minced garlic, in which case cook it for about 30 seconds to a minute only. You can also smash the garlic cloves and add them to the oil whole, cook them and then discard the garlic. The oil will have the flavor of garlic, but the finished dish will just have a very mild garlic flavor.)

Take the garlic out with a slotted spoon and place it on a paper towel lined plate to drain off the excess oil.

Add the blanched green beans to the oil, season with more salt (if it needs it) and pepper. Sauté on high heat, just for about 3 minutes, until the green beans are slightly charred in some places. Festive Green Beans-1-12Toss the beans with the almonds, garlic, lemon zest, Parmesan cheese and parsley. Festive Green Beans-1-14

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Festive Green Beans-1-18Serve immediately. Festive Green Beans-1-22

Festive Green Beans
 
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Recipe type: Sides
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1½ lbs green beans
  • salt, pepper
  • ¼-1/2 cup almonds, sliced
  • 1 - 1½ Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3-5 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1-2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • ½ Tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of generously salted water to a boil. Blanch the green beans in the boiling water for about 3 minutes, drain. Meanwhile, toast the almonds on a dry skillet until they are golden brown. Set aside. In the same skillet, heat the olive oil on medium high heat and add the sliced garlic. Cook until the garlic turns golden, but be careful not to burn it, since it will taste bitter. (I used garlic slices in this recipe because I wanted it to resemble the sliced almonds, but you can also used minced garlic, in which case cook it for about 30 seconds to a minute only. You can also smash the garlic cloves and add them to the oil whole, cook them and then discard the garlic. The oil will have the flavor of garlic, but the finished dish will just have a very mild garlic flavor.)
  2. Take the garlic out with a slotted spoon and place it on a paper towel lined plate to drain off the excess oil. Add the blanched green beans to the oil, season with more salt (if it needs it) and pepper. Sauté on high heat, just for about 3 minutes, until the green beans are slightly charred in some places. Toss the beans with the almonds, garlic, lemon zest, Parmesan cheese and parsley. Serve immediately.
  3. You can do most of the prep work ahead of time. Blanch the green beans, toast the almonds and you can keep them in the refrigerator and a ziptop bag respectively. Just cook the garlic and sauté the green beans when you are ready to serve them and toss with the rest of the ingredients.

You can do most of the prep work ahead of time. Blanch the green beans, toast the almonds and you can keep them in the refrigerator and a ziptop bag respectively. Just cook the garlic and sauté the green beans when you are ready to serve them and toss with the rest of the ingredients.
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  1. Nataliya says

    I bet they are delicious. Everything you make is! I ll give these beauties a try. I have been following your blog for a while and this is my first time writing. You got a nice blog. God bless you and your family. Happy thanksgiving!

  2. Elena says

    Theses look good, try and add some fried bacon tastes very good. If you fry the bacon you can just omit the oil adds flavor.

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