1.5lbs of fresh green beans
1 bowl of ice water
3/4 cup slivered almonds
1 shallot, minced
2 and 1/2 tablespoons butter
zest of 1 lemon
1/2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
1. Preheat oven to 350. Spread the slivered almonds on a foil lined baking sheet, bake for 10 minutes.
2. Trim the ends off the fresh green beans and bring a pot of salted water to boil. You can also buy green beans already trimmed to save time. Boil the green beans for 3 minutes, strain, then immediately dump into the ice water bowl. Leave in the ice water for 5 minutes, then strain into an empty bowl.
3. Melt the butter in a large pot, add the shallot and cook for 2 minutes over medium heat. Dump in the zest of the whole lemon, the lemon juice, toasted almonds and the green beans. Stir so everything is well blended. Turn heat to low and simmer covered for 10-15 minutes.
Blanching a vegetable is the process of cooking the vegetable in the boiling water, then straining it and placing them in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. The cooking method helps keep the green beans crisp and a vibrant bright green.