This is my favorite way to serve green beans! You can either quickly boil them or steam them, whichever method you prefer. Add some toasted slivered almonds, fried garlic, lemon zest, and olive oil, and you have got the most delicious side dish.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Makes 2 side servings:
20 string beans
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp slivered almonds
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil for cooking
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil for serving
1 tsp fresh lemon zest
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Decide if you would like to cook or steam your beans. Cooking them in boiling water will take about 7 minutes, so that they are still crunchy. Steaming them will take about 10 minutes.
In the meantime, heat a small pan over medium heat. Add the slivered almonds and toast them until browned. Keep your eyes on them and stir them the whole time - they burn quickly. This will no take longer than 2 minutes. Put the toasted almonds to the side.
Keep the same pan over medium heat, add the oil, and add the sliced garlic. Stir for 1-2 minutes until browned and crunchy. Put to the side as well.
Arrange your beans on a plate, top with the slivered almonds, fried garlic, and lemon zest, then drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Season with sea salt and black pepper and serve.
This side dish can be served warm or cold.