Green Beans




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Green beans, aka string beans are a healthy addition to any meal. They're a tasty way to get some veggies out on the dinner table, and are a hallmark dish of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The green beans in this recipe are cooked in two parts: first blanched, then sauteed. You can easily blanch the beans ahead of time, put them in the fridge, and then combine them with the other ingredients and saute them just before you're ready to serve.

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Step 1: Ingredients

  • green beans (figure 1/4 pound per person)
  • almond slivers
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • salt and pepper

Step 2: Prep the Beans

To prepare the beans, the stems and ends of the beans must be either cut, or pulled off. Full length green beans are also a bit unwieldy to eat, so it's a good idea to cut or break them in half.

Place the prepped beans into a bowl or colander and rinse under cool running water.

Step 3: Boil Water

Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil.

Step 4: Cook the Green Beans for 5 Minutes

Cook the green beans in boiling water for 5 minutes.

Step 5: Run Under Cold Water

Strain beans into a colander and run them under cold water. Better yet, place them in an ice bath in order to fully stop the blanching process.

If you are cooking the beans ahead of time, you can take them and put them into the fridge at this point.

Step 6: Saute the Beans

Saute the green beans in 2 tbsp of unsalted butter. Salt and pepper the beans to taste. I like to add in some (around 1/4 cup) of almond slivers just before the beans are finished cooking.

Step 7: Serve

Plate the beans, serve and enjoy!

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    8 Discussions


    Question 11 months ago on Introduction

    I bought a pack of slivered almonds to add to the beans. Should they be roasted?


    4 years ago on Introduction

    No wonder my green beans were so Ordinary. Will definitely blanch, then sauté with BUTTER and seasonings. Thank You! deb


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Looks great! I bought some green beans at the store this morning and will make them tonight. As I get older (30! yikes!) and read more i'm convinced that i never liked vegetables as a kid because they just weren't cooked properly.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I just made a variant of these beans, first sauteing a finely-chopped onion and some equivalently-sized bits of dry chorizo in a mix of butter and olive oil, then adding the beans and nuts. Delicious! Everything is better with chorizo.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I usually cook them a little longer, and while they're cooking I saute up some (often a bunch) of garlic in extra virgin olive oil (adding a little bit of lemon juice right before the garlic's done) and pour it over the beans. Season with a little salt and fresh cracked pepper and you've got some good beans! I'll have to try it this way, but definitely gunna add some garlic! Nice instructable! :)


    11 years ago on Introduction

    These were awesome. I'm normally too lazy to blanch the beans ahead of time, but it's clearly worth the effort.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I keep reminding myself to eat more green beans because they are so healthy, but I never had a good recipe for them. I'll try this, almond slivers sound like a good addition to the beans.