Green Beans with Carmelized Onions and Sliced Almonds


2 lbs. green beans, ends trimmed and rinsed
1 yellow or sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 large clove of garlic, chopped

1 small package of sliced almonds (can be found in the baking aisle of your grocer)
2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick pan over medium to medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté until caramelized, about 10 minutes or so. Meanwhile, in another shallow pan with a tight-fitting lid, add a couple of inches of water and bring to a boil. Season well with a few good pinches of the salt. Add the green beans and put on the lid. Let steam for about 3 to 5 minutes. The beans should be bright green and still have some crunch, which maintains flavor and nutrients. Drain the green beans and shock them in a bowl of ice water (this allows the beans to maintain that great bright color). Once the onions are caramelized, add the garlic and almonds to the pan and let them brown for just a minute. Lastly, add the green beans. Sauté to coat them in the oil, and to allow the onions and almonds to distribute. Season well with pepper and a little more salt.


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