James Whelan Butchers: French Beans with Almonds

French Beans with Almonds

Beans can be a great addition to any meat dish when cooked simply.  Trouble is, they are often cooked to death, losing colour, taste and most importantly texture.  Beans should be cooked for just a few minutes in boiling water until tender, not soft, and then drained immediately and run under cold water to stop the cooking process.

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Ingredients

  • 500 grams beans
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 bunch spring onions finely sliced
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lemon juice

To Cook

Prepare beans by topping and tailing.  Leave whole and cook in salted water until just tender.  Melt the butter in a large pan, add the spring onion and garlic and cook until tender.

Add the almonds and cook until they are golden brown.  Add the beans, season according to taste and add lemon juice and heat through.

We hope you enjoyed reading this post by Pat Whelan of James Whelan Butchers. Pat is a 5th generation butcher, cook book author and the director of  James Whelan Butchers with shops in Clonmel, the Avoca Food Market Monkstown and Avoca Rathcoole. Sign up to our newsletter for more updates from James Whelan Butchers

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