Green Beans with Almonds & Crème Fraîche for a Luxurious Side
Green beans are in season and at their very best right now. They’re delicious eaten plain or with a little butter, but it’s also good to dress them up a bit. These green beans with almonds & crème fraîche are very simple to make, but add an air of luxury to a meal.
The queen of sides
My mother, as well as being the queen of puddings, was also the queen of side dishes when I was growing up. Meat was something of a luxury in those days, but on the rare occasion we had a roast, the table would be spread with a whole heap of delicious sides. I was never fussed about the meat, but I’d pile my plate high with parsnips in orange sauce, braised red cabbage, Jerusalem artichokes in lemon sauce, green cabbage in cider and roast potatoes, of course. I do love a good side dish.
Green beans with almonds & crème fraîche
Unless we’re entertaining, CT and I tend to live on simple one pot type dishes, but occasionally I like to splash out with an interesting side or two. The other day, I had some green beans and a pot of homemade crème fraïche in the fridge and suddenly the idea for a side of green beans with almonds & crème fraïche popped into my head. The crème fraïche melts slowly over the beans to produce a tangy silky sauce and the almonds give a welcome crunch. At the last minute I scattered some nori seaweed flakes over the beans for additional flavour and nutrition, which proved to be a good move. We ate the beans with homemade bean burgers and the first of this year’s potatoes from the plot. Delicious.
I’ve not given any specific quantities in the recipe below as that will depend on how many you’ve got, how much you like beans and how many people you have to feed. You can use any green beans you like, but I used French beans.
Grow your own
This is the first year, I’ve not had our own green beans for a very long time. Green beans, especially runner beans, are one of the easier crops to produce here in the UK. We normally grow a variety of different ones which fill up the freezer nicely and last us for several months. As I’ve probably mentioned more often than is good for me, the deer got into our plot last year and ate pretty much everything, so there’s very little we can actually grow now. Potatoes, garlic, kale and beetroot are all we’ve managed this year apart from some of CT’s weird and wonderfuls. Luckily, the oca seem to be fine.
Green beans with almonds & crème fraîche – get the recipe
- salted water
- green beans - topped and sliced as appropriate
- flaked almonds
- crème fraïche
- nori flakes optional
- black pepper
Simmer the beans in a little salted water until just tender. Length will vary according to the type of bean. Drain and place on a warmed serving dish.
Add a large dollop or two of crème fraïche immediately, so it melts over the beans to produce a tangy silky sauce.
Meanwhile, toast a handful or two of flaked almonds in a frying pan until golden. Keep a close eye on them as they can burn very easily.
Scatter the almonds over the beans followed by a few nori seaweed flakes. Finish with a good grinding of black pepper.
Keep any water left over from the beans to add to soups, stews or sauces.
This side dish of green beans with almonds & crème fraîche go to Feeding Boys for Simple and in Season.
They also go to Hijacked by Twins for #CookBlogShare.
Other recipes for green beans you might like
- Chilli, green bean and potato salad via Tin and Thyme
- Cypriot vegetable stew via Tin and Thyme
- Fasulya with Dukkah roasted tofu via Tin and Thyme
- Green bean chutney via Feeding Boys
- Minted broad bean spread via Tin and Thyme
- Miso potato salad via Fuss Free Flavours
- Saya Ingen Shira-ae (green beans with tofu, miso and sesame dressing) via Kavey Eats
- Summer vegetable succotash via Family Friends Food
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