Fresh Green Beans with Lemon Butter Dressing and Toasted Almonds
Fresh Green Beans
Fresh Green beans, especially if you just picked them from the garden, are simply delicious. Being raised in the south, I thought green beans needed bacon grease until I began to grow and preserve my own. That’s when I discovered how delicious they are straight from the jar with no seasoning at all. Canned green beans really don’t “need” more flavor. And fresh beans really don’t need them either.
I thought that until I discovered this recipe at a group dinner. My thoughts about green beans changed forever.
Wait until you try this combination of a semi-crisp bean coated with an emulsion of lemon and browned butter with toasted almonds. Words just can’t describe it. But, I’ll try.
How to Attempt to Describe Something Soooooo Delicious
When you first place the bean in your mouth, you get the tang of the lemon, immediately followed by the richness of brown butter. Then, the combination of the bean and almond is so satisfyingly healthy, you can only roll your eyes and say, “mmmmmmm, that’s so good!”
How was that?
The Easy Recipe: Fresh Green Beans With Lemon Butter Sauce Topped With Toasted Almonds
Only Four Ingredients
- One pound of green beans
- One lemon
- ¼ cup slivered almonds
- 2-3 tablespoons of butter-you gotta have butter for the rich taste but feel free to experiment with other oils.
Only Four Basic Steps
- Prep the ingredients
- Steam the beans
- Toast the almonds
- Stir all ingredients together
- Snap off the ends of the beans. You could also line them up on a cutting board and trim off the ends with a knife. Do not cut into pieces. You could, but try them long for the texture experience!
- Measure out the butter and almonds and place into little bowls. It goes quickly at the end, so having them ready is essential or you might burn the butter.
- Juice one lemon into another prep bowl. A citrus squeeze is great for this job, but you could just squeeze the halves with your hands.
How to Make the Best Green Bean Recipe You Ever Had
Details to Amazing Green Beans
- Place the trimmed beans in a frying pan filled with one inch of boiling water and simmer until they are “al-dente” or to the “doneness” you prefer, just don’t go for soggy like many of us Southerners do.
- Remove the beans from the water and set aside.
- Pour out the water and return pan to the burner set to medium heat.
- Melt the butter.
- Add slivered almonds as soon as the butter has melted and stir constantly until the almonds are toasted and/or the butter is brown. (Sometimes, the butter browns quicker than the almonds look toasted. It’s important to judge by the color of the butter, no browner than peanutbutter.)
- QUICKLY toss in the drained beans, followed QUICKLY by the lemon juice. Stir and flip the beans to coat with the emulsion that happens as the lemon juice evaporates and infuses into the butter.
- When the juice has coated the beans and has almost disappeared from the pan bottom, remove the pan from the heat immediately. (No burning allowed!) The “juice” will be a wonderful, glistening coating at this point.
- Serve immediately.
- Close your eyes as you try your first bite and enjoy every nuance of this simple dish.
Grow Your Own Greenbeans
I hope you enjoy your new recipe for green beans. Green beans are one of the easiest garden veggies to grow, no matter what size your garden is. You can learn how to plant them HERE.
You may also want to preserve your green beans. I have a detailed, step-by-step article with a FREE cheatsheet for easy and quick reference to go with it. Read about it HERE and don’t forget to subscribe so you can get the cheatsheet.
May all you weeds be wildflowers!
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. – Mat 6:33 CSB