Green Beans Almondine with Bacon

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Green Bean Almondine is an easy and flavorful vegetable side dish that is fancy yet simple and to make. Kid friendly and quick, this classic French recipe will be a family favorite. Made with applewood smoked bacon, almond slices, and lemon zest, these green beans have a simple yet elegant and bright flavor.

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Green Beans

Main Ingredient

– 1 lb green beans (fresh or frozen) – 4 slices applewood smoked bacon – 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter – 2/3 cup sliced almonds – 2 cloves garlic, minced – 2 Tablespoons lemon juice – 1 teaspoon lemon zest – 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Ingredients

Green Bean  Almondine Recipe

Yield

6 Servings

Prep Time

5 Minutes

Total Time

20 Minutes

Level

Easy

1. Gather your ingredients and tools. The first step is to gather the ingredients you need to make the process even faster. Get a large skillet out, and prepare an ice water bath for when the green beans are done cooking.

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2. Place the green beans in a large saucepan filled with water that has been salted. The salt will help flavor the green beans and also help the green beans retain their bright green color. Boil for 3-5 minutes or until they are crisp tender.

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3. While the green beans are cooking, start cooking your bacon. Stir them occasionally until they are starting to become crisp.

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4. Remove the bacon pieces from the skillet, along with half of the bacon fat. Keep the other half of the bacon fat in the skillet.

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5. Blanch your green beans. As soon as they are tender crisp, you are going to want to drain the green beans and place them in the ice water bath to stop them cooking. They can hang out here until you need them.

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6. Add the butter and sliced almonds to the bacon fat in the skillet. Sautee for a few moments, until the almonds start to turn golden and they are fragrant.

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7. Add in the garlic and saute for 30 seconds.

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8. Place the green beans back in the skillet, along with the lemon juice and the cooked bacon. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat.

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9. Remove from the heat. Garnish with the lemon zest and serve immediately.

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Enjoy!

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