KAITLIN'S GREEN BEANS WITH ALMONDS AND CARMELIZED GARLIC

    My daughter, Kaitlin devised these delicious green beans after she tasted some she had at a restaurant in New York. The almonds and garlic (and shallots, if you use them) are lightly caramelized and add a marvelous crunch and sweetness to the beans.

    1 pound of fresh green beans (haricot verts are particularly good) several cloves of garlic, slivered
    cup (or more) slivered almonds
    3 Tablespoons olive oil
    1 Tablespoon butter
    1 or 2 shallots, slivered (optional)

    Trim and cut the green beans and steam until tender (15 to 20 minutes - the time varies )
    Saute the shallots and almonds in olive oil until lightly carmelized
    Add the garlic and continue the carmelization process

    Add the steamed green beans
    Add salt & pepper to taste

    GREEN BEANS AND TOMATOES
    Another great way to prepare fresh green beans:

    1 pound of fresh green beans steamed until tender
    1 can of tomatoes or several fresh tomatoes
    3 cloves of garlic
    3 Tbs olive oil

    Toss the steamed green beans into the tomatoes, garlic and oil Add salt & pepper
    Add herbs like oregano or sage (optional)


    Serve