Prepare the perfect side dish with four ingredients in five minutes!
Try our blistered green beans for a super quick and crispy side dish. They’re a great way to add greens to any dish, and come with a delicious nutty finish. In addition to the yummy tastes and textures, this recipe is so easy to make! In fact, it can be ready in less than 5 minutes! With all of these things in mind, why not give this recipe a go? It will likely become your new go-to, green side!
Quick and Healthy Side
These green beans only take about 3 minutes to prepare, making it easier than ever to have a delicious and nutrient-rich side. Green beans are exceptionally healthy veggies. High in vitamin K, calcium, and folate, these fibrous beans are known to aid with digestion, heart health, and immune function.
We also tossed in some slivered almonds for a nutty finish that we think pairs just perfectly with this green veggie. Keep in mind, you’ll want to make this dish right before plating your meal since they are best served hot.
Prepping Green Beans
When you prep green beans, you want to make sure you’ve trimmed the ends to avoid any stringiness. My grandmother taught me the old-fashioned way of bending each end and breaking at the weak point. Then, you can pull the string along the back of the pod to remove it at the same time. This method makes sure you break at the right point and removes the string from top to bottom.
What Does Blistered Mean?
What is a blistered green bean, anyway? Well, for this side dish, we blister green beans by quickly tossing them in olive oil and balsamic vinegar over a hot skillet. This will brown the outside skin of the bean while keeping it firm and crisp. Blistering is a wonderful method that allows veggies to keep their delicious texture while getting even more crispy and warm. No more soggy green beans!
Toss Up These Blistered Green Beans
Start by heating a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Then, add the olive oil to the pan and allow it to heat up. I usually test this by running my fingers under the faucet, then flicking water onto the pan. If you hear a sizzle, it’s ready to go!
Add the green beans to the pan and toss them for about 1 minute, making sure all of the sides are getting evenly browned. Add the balsamic vinegar and toss for another 30 seconds (or for a minute, at most). Remove the green beans from the heat, top with your slivered almonds, and serve immediately.
- 1/2 pound green beans trimmed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons almonds slivered
Heat olive oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat
Add the grean beans to the pan and toss this up for about 1 minute
Add the balsamic vinegar and toss for another 30 seconds to 1 minute
Remove from heat, top with your slivered almonds, and serve immediately.
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 3
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