Friday, October 11, 2013

Fresh Green Beans

Those of you that follow my Facebook or Pinterest pages have seen this recipe before but it is officially making it's Barnyard Bistro debut today. This is by far one of my favorite ways to eat fresh green beans. And, incase you're wondering, "fresh" should be the only type of green bean in my opinion - but I'm just the grand-daughter of a farmer so what do I know!? (Okay, I'm partial) I think one of the reasons people shy away from fresh green beans is that they don't know how to make them tender. Fresh green beans tend to be crisp, crunchy and can have a strong "raw green" flavor, if that makes any sense, but if you blanch them and saute them for a bit they soften right up but keep a bit of texture (that you cannot get from canned beans) which is nice. Give these a try an let me know how you like them! Hope y'all enjoy!

1/2 lb fresh green beans
3-4 cloves garlic, sliced thin
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/2 small yellow onion, sliced thin
Kosher salt
Butchers black pepper (just a courser grain)
1/4 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp pecan or olive oil

Boil the green beans in salted water for 3-5 minutes. Strain and transfer to a bowl of ice water to cool (This is called blanching). Drain the water. In a skillet heat oil on medium, add almonds, onion, garlic and spices. Let saute for 2 minutes and add in green beans. Toss ingredients until mixed well. Continue to saute until the garlic and onion become tender and begin to caramelize and the almonds are toasted. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Enjoy! XOXO~

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