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String Beans with Brown Butter and Almonds

This is one of the recipes that has been provided by Shirley Cline from San Fransisco.


3 Tblsp. sliced almonds
1 lb. string beans, trimmed
2 Tblsp. unsalted butter
1/2 lemon


Preheat oven to 350º. Spread the almonds on a baking sheet and bake, watching carefully to make sure they do not burn, until golden brown and toasty, 5 - 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the beans and boil until bright green and cooked through but firm to the bite (the will cook a little more later in the recipe), about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare a large bowl of ice water. When the beans are cooked, transfer them to the ice water. When cool, drain and pat dry.

When ready to serve, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. It will melt completely, then foam up, then settle down and turn golden. Watching carefully, cook the butter just until the white milk solids turn light brown. Add the beans and lower the heat to medium. Cook, stirring until the beans are heated through and coated with butter 2 - 3 minutes. Squeeze the lemon half over the beans. Add salt to taste and the almonds, mix well and serve immediately.

This is also great without almonds. Browned butter has plenty of nutty flavor.

Serves 4 - 6

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