Green Beans Almondine, a fresh green bean side dish with delicious almond slivers, gourmet cheeses, and garlic, is the perfect complimentary side dish for just about all your chicken meals. Green Beans Almondine is also a great way to impress on Thanksgiving or Christmas menus and with only minutes to make, is a no fuss and easy way to add more to the table with little work.
Personally I am always looking for new ways to enjoy fresh veggies as a side dish to chicken dishes like my Alice Springs Chicken (copycat) or Honey Garlic Chicken. I love side dishes that are homemade, fresh, and take no time at all. This green bean side dish foots that bill!
With easy steamed fresh green beans and just a few simple ingredients, you can class up your side dish to a gourmet green bean that tastes delicious. These green beans almondine are also amazing for large batch holiday side dish menus and takes few alterations and time to enjoy.
Green Beans Almondine Ingredients
You just need a few simple ingredients- probably items you mostly have in your pantry already! Normally green beans almondine is a simple dish that sautes your green beans in butter and have the added crunch of almonds, but with a few changes can really elevate this side dish to something super special. Add this side dish to other traditions like fresh oven baked roasted broccoli, tri color rontini pasta, and the best sweet potato casserole in a crock pot! Oh and I also this is one of my favorite low carb recipe sites if you want to stick with the low carb, no carb recipes!
- minced garlic – I hardly ever mess with garlic in the full pieces. I love buying the jars of minced garlic at the store. It makes working with garlic a breeze and a lot less messy on your hands.
- butter – Don’t get weird and add fake butter here. Fresh green beans deserve full butter!
- almond slivers – Before you ask, substituting almonds for anything else would mean its no longer Green Beans Almondine. But of course if you don’t love almonds, you can leave them out or try another nut like Walnuts or Macadamias.
- fresh green beans, ends snipped and steamed/cooked
- oil – the oil you choose has an affect on the taste, so I always use a simple oil like vegetable oil and skip the stronger oils like Olive in this case
- salt and pepper
- cayenne pepper – although you may be tempted, don’t leave this out. Its fantastic in small doses and such a compliment to green beans
- feta cheese crumbles – Not everyone loves feta, it took my husband half his life to really enjoy this cheese. But you could also try a goat cheese or a blue cheese if you want to get fancy.
Can you make Green Beans Almondine with Canned Green Beans?
Yep! You could make green beans almondine with drained canned green beans as well as frozen green beans. Personally I love fresh that are steamed, they have the best crunch, but in a time event, you could substitute pretty easily. Just be aware that canned beans need good draining or they may bring extra moisture to the dish or be a bit softer on the bite.
Steam Green Beans
Before you get started on this recipe, it assumes that your green beans are fully cooked. If you are using fresh green beans, the best way to do that is to steam them, which takes about 10 minutes. Just follow the instructions on your steam or rice cooker in order to have them prepped. Then follow the ingredient lists to finish up preparing your green beans almondine.
Green Beans Almondine for a Crowd
Feeding 20? Party of 100? Go you!
This is a simple prep recipe for 1 pound of fresh green beans, but you can easily double your sauce and almonds with the same results. Just remember that you need a casserole or cast iron pan that can fit the amount you need. But because this is a quick and easy recipe, you could also do 2 pans at one time, or steam the beans and throw the ingredients in a slow cooker to finish off.
- 1 pound of green beans serves approximately 4 people – unless you are serving kids, and then it serves like 25 since most wont eat more than one green bean.
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds
- 1lb fresh green beans, ends snipped and steamed/cooked
- 1 tablespoon oil
- salt and pepper
- cayenne pepper
- 2 ounces feta cheese crumbles
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- In a large ovenproof skillet, heat garlic, butter and almonds for 2-3 minutes or until garlic is just beginning to brown.
- Remove from heat.
- Add green beans and oil.
- Season with salt and pepper and add a pinch of cayenne pepper. Mix well.
- Top with Feta cheese.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until heated through.
ADDITIONS: Some people like to switch up the ingredients and that is no problem. Great additions are bacon pieces
CHEESE: Like listed in the article, if you do not love feta, try blue cheese or a healthy portion of freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
FROZEN OR FRESH: This recipe relies on COOKED green beans, so you can certainly drain canned green beans, use frozen green beans or mix up the green bean type like French sliced. The one thing you have to be sure of is DRAINING extra moisture prior to making. Personally I think the BEST recipe is to use fresh steamed green beans in this almondine. They have the best texture and taste, but if time doesn't allow, you can substitute in a pinch. Please note that altering the recipe can vary the taste from the original recipe.
OVEN WARMING: If you do not have a pan that can be put in the oven like a cast iron pan, you can transfer your green beans to a casserole dish prior to putting in the oven.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 186Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 234mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 6g