I’ll tell you a secret. I love a green vegetable. My two favorite green vegetables are probably broccoli and green beans. The topic at hand today is the green bean. The key with the green bean in my mind is that they are cooked but still crunchy. I’m not a fan of the mushy green beans that are either cooked to death or canned. A couple years ago I took inspiration from a few different recipes that I saw from various sources and started making a fabulous green bean dish. This dish has since become a staple at important eating occasions in my family, including a spot at the most important eating occasion: Thanksgiving.
If I were you, I would give this recipe a test run in the next couple of months and you might be convinced to replace a side dish at your own Thanksgiving feast.
Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Almonds
Serves 4, scale up as needed
- 3 Tbs butter (or I used bacon fat this past time)
- 1 medium onion sliced in half or quarter moons (white or yellow)
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 lb of raw green beans
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- seasoning to taste
- Heat a medium sized frying pan on low heat. Melt butter in pan. Add sliced onion, then minced garlic. Allow to cook on low heat until the onion caramelizes and turns a nice brown color. About 30-45 minutes.
- When the onions are close to done, blanch the green beans. This is done by adding them to boiling water, allow to cook for 4-5 minutes, then transfer beans to an ice bath (bowl with ice water and room for the beans). The transfer to the ice water will stop the cooking process and leave the beans crunchy.
- Meanwhile, give your sliced almonds a quick toast over low heat in a pan on the stove. This should only take a few minutes, don’t let them get too brown!
- When you feel you have reached a good level of caramelization with the onions, add the green beens and almonds to the onions and mix them up. Give it a sample and season to taste. Then enjoy!