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Green Beans with Almonds & Crème Fraîche for a Luxurious Side

Green Beans with Almonds & Crème Fraîche

Sides | 21st August 2017 | By

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.

Green Beans with Almonds

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

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Green Beans with Almonds & Crème Fraîche
Green beans with almonds & crème fraîche
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
A luxurious, but easy to prepare side dish of green beans with almonds & crème fraîche.
Course: Side Dish
Author: Choclette @ Tin and Thyme
Ingredients
  • salted water
  • green beans - topped and sliced as appropriate
  • flaked almonds
  • crème fraïche
  • nori flakes optional
  • black pepper
Instructions
  1. 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.

  2. Add a large dollop or two of crème fraïche immediately, so it melts over the beans to produce a tangy silky sauce.

  3. 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.
  4. Scatter the almonds over the beans followed by a few nori seaweed flakes. Finish with a good grinding of black pepper.

Recipe Notes

Keep any water left over from the beans to add to soups, stews or sauces.

 

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13 Comments

  1. helen @ family-friends-food.com

    21st August 2017 at 12:29 pm

    This looks lovely! Beans and almonds sounds like a delicious combination.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      21st August 2017 at 6:55 pm

      Thanks Helen. The almonds give a delightful crunch and complement the beans nicely.

      Reply
  2. Galina V

    21st August 2017 at 2:44 pm

    A beautiful side dish! Love the addition of creme fraiche and flaked almonds.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      21st August 2017 at 6:55 pm

      Thanks Galina. They both work wonderfully well.

      Reply
  3. Claire @foodiequine

    21st August 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Love green beans – squeaky and tasty! Great idea to elevate them to a dinner party side.

    Reply
  4. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    22nd August 2017 at 6:05 am

    Wonderful! I certainly could enjoy this as the main!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      22nd August 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Me too Angie, though I did find our homegrown new potatoes went rather beautifully with them 🙂

      Reply
  5. Katie Bryson

    22nd August 2017 at 8:37 am

    What a wonderful idea for perking up a plate of green beans – delicious! Home grown beans are far tastier than anything you get in the supermarket too. I must grow some again next year in our back garden… missing my allotment since we moved. Thanks for contributing to the summer round of Simple and in Season xxx

    Reply
  6. Jemma

    22nd August 2017 at 11:27 am

    I always have a frozen bag of green beans in the freezer, so tasty! I love how you’ve livened them up in this gorgeous side dish.

    Reply
  7. Emily C

    22nd August 2017 at 11:47 am

    Green beans are so underrated! Love this idea for a posh side dish. And so simple too xx

    Reply
  8. Mary

    23rd August 2017 at 9:39 pm

    I do remember the days of lashings of butter with garlic!!! But your idea sounds lovely and will happen very soon.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      25th August 2017 at 7:40 am

      Lashings of butter with garlic sounds rather wonderful too.

      Reply
  9. Janice

    8th September 2018 at 6:52 pm

    I love this idea and will certainly be trying it out with my mountain of runner beans!

    Reply

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