Saturday, August 20, 2011

BUTTERY GREEN BEANS WITH ALMONDS


Saturdays are busy days at the Farmers Market in Lethbridge.
The pavilion is packed with vendors selling a huge variety of goods.
The availability of produce fresh from the garden is enticing


Most Hutterite colonies plant huge gardens and they are well represented 
at the market. The vegetables are beautifully packaged and displayed.


Other colonies choose to sell their vegetables from home.
I was fortunate to have my order of beans delivered to my house.


Young, tender and bright green; just the way I like them.
It was a pleasure to prepare them for freezing.


I blanch them for 3 minutes after the water returns to boiling.


After a couple of immersions in ice water, I lay them on tea towels to dry.


Packed and ready for the freezer.
Fresh green beans haveoptimum flavor in the summer but these frozen ones
taste wonderful in the winter as well.

BUTTERY GREEN BEANS with ALMONDS

4 cups fresh or frozen green beans

Steam beans in a steamer for 8 minutes or cook in a saucepan
with a small amount of water until crisp-tender

2 tbsp. butter or margarine
1 small onion, chopped
salt

Melt butter in a large skillet.  Add onion and saute until tender.
Add green beans and stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes, until the beans are hot
and well coated with butter.  Season with salt to taste.

1/4 cup slivered or sliced almonds, toasted

Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with toasted almonds.
Serve immediately.

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