Start with about 1 pound of green beans. Rinse and trim the ends off the beans. Slice into 2-inch pieces if you want.
Over medium-high heat toast 1/4 cup of almond slivers until browning some (about 2-3 minutes). You can do this in 1 tablespoon of butter if you want.
Remove almonds and add one teaspoon olive oil to the pan and heat over medium heat until hot the add the trimmed beans. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Saute until getting some spots of brown, about 5 minutes.
Add 1/4 cup water and cover. Cook about 2 minutes but stop while the beans are still bright green and crisp. Remove lid and increase heat to high. Cook off the water. About 1 minute.
Add one tablespoon butter and three cloves of crushed garlic. Cook until light brown and starting to wrinkle. About 2-3 minutes.
Remove to serving bowl and toss with the almonds.
The fresher the beans, the better. See discussion in the post for tips on buying the best beans.
Do not use frozen beans for this recipe.
Cutting in half for two works well. But use the same amount of water to do the steaming step.
Add some cooked bacon or other things for your taste. 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika is a good addition.
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