Dress up your meals with this delicious side dish recipe — featuring slivered almonds.
Fisher® Nuts Green Beans Almondine
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Ingredients
  • 1 LB fresh Green Beans, (rinsed & drained, prepped, halved)
  • 1.5 - 2 C Water
  • 2 T Whole Unsalted Butter
  • 2/3 C Fisher® Slivered Almonds
  • 1/4 t Salt
Tools & Equipment
  • Chef's Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Kitchen Towel
  • Large Skillet
  • Wet Measuring Cup
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Tongs (optional)
  • Colander
Estimated Time
20 Minutes
Yield
6 Servings
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Green Bean Casserole is one of America's favorite holiday Side Dishes. We appreciate Fisher® Nuts sharing this recipe for Green Beans Almondine, which is a fresher, healthier, nuttier way to complement your feast this year.

Preparation

Begin your Preparation, the second of Smart Kitchen®'s Four Levers of Cooking™, by rinsing, draining and drying your fresh Green Beans. Rinsing makes sure that any grit or grime is removed. Draining and drying helps make sure that moisture won't impede the coating process.  After they are dried you should prepare them in the same manner as Prepping French Beans. Finally, you can cut them in half, or Bias Cut them if you wish a smaller bite on your diners' fork. The important consideration about the size of the Green Beans is that they are all generally the same size so that they cook uniformly.

A note on the Butter. We call for Whole Unsalted Butter for its cooking and coating properties. We chose Unsalted so that you, not the dairy, can determine how to season your dish.

With your Green Beans prepped and your Mise en Place set, you should be ready to move on to the Method, which is the active / final phase of the recipe.

Method

Begin the Method by filling a large deep skillet with 1.5 or 2 cups of water. Bring the water to a Boil on High Heat. As the water boils you may want to set your Colander in the sink. Once the water has reached a boil, reduce the heat to maintain a Simmer.

Add the Green Beans and simmer them for 3 to 5 minutes until they are Al Dente (just firm to the bite). A Visual Clue that they are Al Dente and perfectly cooked is that their color will have changed from a fresh green to a vibrant green. Of course, you can also carefully pluck one out of the skillet with Tongs and blow on it before putting it to the taste test. They should be crisp-tender.

When they are properly cooked, remove the green beans and drain the pan. In our kitchen, we would pour the contents through the colander in the sink. Alternatively, you could fish out the green beans with a Slotted Spoon or even with Tongs.

Now in the same drained Skillet Melt the Unsalted Butter with Medium Heat.

When it is melted, take your heat down to Low Heat before adding the green beans back in. Toss the green beans until each is coated with melted butter. If you are not comfortable with tossing, by circulating the product in the pan, feel free to stir gently  with a softer utensil like a Wooden Kitchen Spoon. You don't want to break down the green beans with overly aggressive stirring.

Next, add in the Fisher® Nuts slivered Almonds and Toss to incorporate (again gentle stirring works too). When everything is coated and incorporated, carefully taste a green bean. Season your dish to your taste. Serve immediately.