Green Beans Almondine
- Water as needed
- 1 cup whole raw almonds
- 2 pounds green beans ends trimmed, and strings removed
- 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.
This recipe yields 6 to 8 servings.