Triple Nut Green Beans

It’s not even May yet and I’m already longing for fall. I know, some of you just keeled over, irritated that I’d even mention fall when summer has yet to hit. How could I possibly wish for chilly, biting temperatures when the heat and humidity hasn’t even arrived? Well, I’m a gal who loves fall. I never used to but these days, I long for it all year. I love it when it is here, I miss it when it leaves. There are so many fantastic things about fall. For example: fall farmers market bounty complete with assorted squash, apples, pumpkins and muffins. Temperatures that are chilly but just warm enough to take a walk without a heavy coat. And of course, Thanksgiving.

Since becoming an adult, Thanksgiving is topping off my list as favorite holiday. I used to hate it, simply because I’m not a turkey fan. Now, I love the traditions of Thanksgiving. Waking up early and having a huge breakfast with delicious foods we don’t eat on a daily basis. Watching the parade and freaking out about the next Broadway show I will become obsessed with, then popping in and out for the dog show while basting a turkey. Setting the table with pretty dishes and fancy napkins. When it comes to our menu, we stick to something a bit traditional. This coming Thanksgiving, however, I’m pulling this ace out of my pocket.

Triple nut green beans. It’s a play on standard green beans almondine. I wanted to take that one step further. The green beans are sauteed in brown butter, making them delicious and luxurious. Then, a trio of nuts (in this case, hazelnut, almonds and walnuts) are lightly toasted and sprinkled on top of the beans. I imagine you could use any combination of nuts your heart desires. I love the slighty sweet nutty flavor of hazelnuts and I had them on hand. The crunch of the nuts, the deep flavors of the brown butter and then slightly salty taste of the beans make this a great side dish to any table.

Triple Nut Green Beans
Recipe type: side dish, vegetarian
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Serves: 4

  • 1 lb. green beans
  • ⅓ cup hazelnuts, chopped
  • ⅓ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ⅓ cup almonds, chopped
  • 4 Tbsp. butter

  1. Combine all three nuts in a bowl.
  2. Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Let the butter brown, turning golden with some bits on the bottom.
  3. Once it has browned, add green beans. Sautee approximately 15 minutes until somewhat tender.
  4. Remove to a serving dish. Sprinkle with nut mixture.
  5. Serve hot.


One thought on “Triple Nut Green Beans

  1. Dude, I hear you. I feel like I’m constantly yearning for fall. The summers down here brutal. Love this recipe, though!

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