A lot of people all over the world like green beans. This is not surprising – green beans look fresh, appetizing, they are healthy and tasty.
In this recipe classic beans-and-garlic flavor is enriched with aromatic orange zest and crunchy, earthy almonds.
Walnuts as well as pine nuts may be used instead of almonds. Even roasted sunflower or pumpkin seeds will add a nice texture to the dish. Serve these green beans as a light side dish or a warm salad.
Green Beans with Garlic, Almonds, and Orange Zest
- 1 ½ lb (750 g) green beans (frozen are fine)
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ cup (a handful) sliced or chopped almonds
- ½ – 1 tablespoon orange zest
- Ground black pepper
- 4 tbsp olive oil
If using fresh beans, wash them and cut off the ends.
In a deep frying pan heat the oil. Add the garlic and sauté for 30-45 seconds. Warning! Overheating the oil will result in garlic darkening and burning. If this happens, you will need to start over, as burnt garlic develops a bitter flavor and spoils the taste of the dish.
Add the beans to the garlic, season them with salt and pepper, and sauté for 7-15 minutes over medium heat. You can cover the pan with a lid. The exact time depends on the size, type and age of the beans.
You may need to add a little more olive oil (or water for a lighter option). The beans will stay slightly crunchy. If you prefer softer beans, hold them under the lid for a little longer.
Put the beans in a salad bowl, sprinkle with nuts and zest.
Cook with pleasure!