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Green Beans with Almonds and Caramelized Shallots

Green Beans with Almonds and Caramelized Shallots

  • Prep

    20 m
  • Cook

    25 m
  • Ready In

    45 m
Jen

Jen

Savory and sweet. Everyone who tries this side dish absolutely loves it.

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 148 kcal
  • 7%
  • Fat:
  • 8.3 g
  • 13%
  • Carbs:
  • 17.1g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 3.7 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 15 mg
  • 5%
  • Sodium:
  • 116 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Place the slivered almonds in a dry skillet over low heat, and cook and stir constantly until the almonds are lightly toasted, 3 to 5 minutes. Watch carefully, because they burn easily. Remove the almonds and set aside.
  2. Heat butter in a skillet over medium-low heat, and cook and stir the shallots and red bell pepper until softened, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle the shallot mixture with sugar, salt, and pepper, and reduce heat to low. Cover, and cook slowly, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and the shallots caramelize, 5 to 8 minutes.
  3. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan, fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer, and bring the water to a boil. Add the green beans, cover, and steam until just tender enough to pierce with a fork, 7 to 8 minutes. Drain the green beans, place them into the skillet with the shallot mixture, mix well, and gently stir in the toasted almonds.
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naples34102
197

naples34102

7/29/2010

I prepared this ahead of time, deliberately undercooking the beans a little so that they'd be just right when I reheated them in the microwave just before serving. I didn't want all the futzing around with caramelizing shallots, toasting almonds and blanching green beans in the midst of cooking the rest of dinner and it worked out well. While I probably won't make beans like this routinely because it requires a little more effort, this will be something I'll remember when I want something more special. I omitted the sugar - there's enough in the shallots for them to caramelize on their own and I didn't want any sweetness. Once I cooked the green beans I arranged them on a serving plate, then topped them with the bell pepper/shallot mixture rather than tossing it all together. It made for a very attractive presentation. This was definitely a welcome and delicious departure from the same old boring green beans.

lovetocook
103

lovetocook

9/14/2010

I made this recipe for a holiday dinner last night. It got rave reviews. The only comment, though, is that the recipe states that it takes 5-8 minutes for the shallots to caramelize. It actually takes about a half hour!

NeverMeasureChef
43

NeverMeasureChef

10/27/2010

These green beans were great. I love the hint of garlic that the shallots add. I used french cut green beans and steamed them in a pan, although next time I think I'll use steamer bags in the microwave to save time and dishes. I toasted the almonds and they added great flavor. I think next time I'll use more almonds.

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