Sometimes the hardest part of deciding what to cook for dinner isn’t the main entrée, but actually coming up with a side dish. My go to vegetable side dish is French green beans. They pair nicely with most proteins. And they are fairly quick and easy to cook.
- 1 pound of French green beans (haricot verts)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1/3 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1 small red onion cut in half and sliced
- Boil water in a saute pan. Add 1 tablespoon salt once water is boiling.
- Meanwhile, prepare an ice bath for the beans. (Large bowl with ice and water.)
- Carefully add the green beans to boiling water for 1 minute.
- Blanch green beans by removing them from the boiling water and immersing them into the ice bath.
- Clear saute pan of remaining water and wipe down with paper towel.
- Bring saute pan back to stove on medium high heat.
- Add oil and butter and combine using a wooden spoon.
- Once oil and butter begin to ripple, add garlic, red pepper flakes and almond slices and stir.
- Next add red onion slices and stir every minute until onions are translucent and caramel in color.
- Strain green beans from ice bath and add to saute pan. Combine beans and onion mixture for 2 to 3 minutes until beans are heated throughout.