French Cut Green Beans with Almonds and Fried Onions

Total Time:
20 min
10 min
10 min

4 servings

  • 1 pound fresh green beans or frozen French-cut green beans
  • Salt
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds (2-ounce package)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 can fried onions

Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a high-sided saute pan. If using fresh beans, cut them lengthwise while you wait for the water to boil.

Add salt and green beans to boiling water and cook until just tender. Drain beans and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking. Return the skillet to medium heat and add the butter. When butter is melted, add the almonds and cook until golden brown.

Return the green beans to the pan, along with the juice of 1/2 a lemon, add salt and pepper, to taste. When warmed through, top with fried onions.

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    Made this for my family last night - and they loved it. I didn't slice the beans - just trimmed them and snapped in 1/3s. Also I used sliced almonds because that is what we had in the freezer. Very easy - and a nice change from boring steamed green beans.
    Very easy to make and the almonds toasted in butter made it so much more than blan green beans. I actually savored each bite.
    I used olive oil instead of butter, but left everything else the same. This dish is consistently good and I've made it several times.
    I am usually not much of a Rachel Ray fan, but this recipe intrigued me. It was excellent! A huge hit all around. I would recommend 1T of butter as that was plenty. The almonds absolutely make this dish and you really don't need a ton of the french fried onions. We make this, or a variation on this all the time now.
    I didn't have the fried onions so I omitted them. The green beans turned out great though. I added some lemon zest too and it was a big hit. I made these for Christmas dinner at my mother in laws house and everyone loved them. Thanks Rachel!
    Green Beans usually make it to our Thanksgiving Feast. Long ago I shelved the standard GB casserole for upscale versions, most of which have been very good. Some members of my family however do love the original casserole and I decided that maybe it was about the crunchy fried onions that top it. So this simple recipe makes for the perfect compromise. I did cook and chill the Haricot vert the day before so all there was to do just before dinner was to heat them up in the butter and almonds and top with beans and serve. In the heat of battle I did forget the lemon juice, but the flavor was great. The real key however were the great freshly made fried onions I found at Whole Foods!!! I had trouble keeping people out of them before they were added to the beans. A definite keeper.
    I made these green beans for a dinner party and they were a huge hit! Took a little longer than 20 minutes though...
    This was so good (even though I messed up the recipe a bit). My kids were screaming and I didn't quite read the recipe right. I was supposed to brown the almonds before adding the green beans, but I put it all in at the same time, so the green beans got a little over cooked. Don't skip the step where you cool the bean after cooking - this will help it to maintain the green and firm texture. Remember that it cooks a bit more when you saute it with the almonds and lemon. I didn't use the whole can of fried onions (trying to keep it a bit healthier) and it was still great. I used frozen green beans and it was great. I will make this again - even for a weeknight side - but definitely for Thanksgiving again next year.
    I made this for a dinner party last night, and people really liked them. I made the mistake of cooking them a bit too long, and overcooked the beans, but that was my fault. Remember to take them out of the water a little early as you can cook them a bit more later if you need to.
    This recipe is fabulous! I make this for the holidays for a lighter side dish than the traditional "green bean casserole." Everyone loves it!
    I cooked this the other day and my husband loved it.
    I made this recipe for the first time a few nights ago and the whole family liked it. Definitely use fresh green beans, and add no more lemon juice than the recipe calls for. It was so simple, and I just loved the way all the textures came together. The flavors also complemented each other. I will make this again and again.
    This dish is easy and elegant and really tasty. My picky 12 year old daughter loves this recipe and says it is the only way she can eat green beans! The lemon gives a great flavor. I bought gourmet fried onions (imported from France) at our local specialty store and I think it really makes a difference. This can be used at a dinner party or for a simple weeknight dinner. And it is so easy--a winner!
    The lemon was the perfect touch - delicious and easy to make.
    Quick, easy and very tasty. Rachel, You have done it again!
    I love the mix of green beans and almonds. This will be a recipe I try.
    Maybe the fried onions make the recipe, because I didn't have any and it was very bland.
    I loved the crunch the almonds and fried onions provided!
    Great flavor!
    Really easy and delisious! Just watch the amount of lemon! ;)
    This was not messy, very easy to make and is very nutritious. A definite for anyone who likes almonds!
    The best green beans ever! I have always loved country style green beans, but my family hates them. These are so crispy and fresh tasting, and the almonds add incredible flavor. My husband and son beg me to make these!
    I used green onions instead of fired onions. I also added a little garlic.
    This was very easy, tasty and nutritious.
    Beth / Alachua, Fl.
    I'm a picky eater, and I even I went back for a second helping!
    Much tastier than old fashioned recipe plus is healthier.
    This was really good, I loved the combination of toasted almonds and onions.
    The almonds added a great taste to the green beans. Be careful not to let them sit over the heat for very long--I had a couple that were burnt.
    This was great, I added a small amount of crisp bacon and a touch extra lemon. Everyone loved this.
    Followed recipe exactly and it was a total bore.
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