1 Pound thin French-style green beans. (Thicker green beans are fine but will need longer cooking time.)
1/4 Cup slivered almonds
4 Tablespoons butter
1 1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice (Eliminate 1/2 tablespoon if you like less citrus flavor)
1/2 Teaspoon salt
2 Cloves garlic (optional)
1 Cup water
Squeeze lemon into one small bowl and crush garlic into another. Trim stems off green beans and cut into thirds.
Preheat sauce pan over medium heat. Melt butter. Stir in almonds and salt. Lightly brown the almonds (about five minutes) but don’t burn the butter. Stir in the garlic and saute one more minute. Remove from heat. Stir in the lemon juice.
At the same time, boil one cup water in frying pan. Add the green beans and cover. Boil until green beans are crisp/tender. Remove from heat, drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Stir in the butter/almond/lemon juice mix and gently reheat, being careful not to overcook the green beans.
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