It’s Thanksgiving next week and Christmas very soon! Although here in Austria we do not celebrate thanksgiving, I know that a lot of people around the world do! November and December are the months for family come-togethers and dinner party’s with friends. I don’t think that in any other month there are that many big meals.
For us, at Christmas we always make a huge Roastbeef with some potatoes and a salad but this year, for sure, I am going to change the usual game and make these beans instead of the salad! They are so good! I made them once when friends were over for dinner and they immediately asked for the recipe.
Since it always is difficult to cook for so many people and still chat with them while being a host, I have made a super quick and simple side dish for you. I really love to make this whenever someone is over at my house because it is something almost every one likes, plus it is super simple to make. Also, you can make it vegan, which is perfect for anyone who has a dietary restriction. It is a side that goes with really any dish.
This green bean recipe works great with meaty dishes such as a Roastbeef, a meatloaf, turkey, a roasted chicken or pork. If you add a little twist to it, such as adding some lemon zest, it already is completely different and works perfectly with some fish or seafood. Also if you make a vegetarian or vegan pie, this is a great and fresh addition! If you already have a carby and filling side, this is a great addition in place of the boring green salad to get some more veggies.
It is as quick as preparing a salad and really good! Just boiling the beans, tossing them in olive oil. Roasting the breadcrumbs and chopped almonds in some butter or olive oil and assemble. If you are vegan, use oil, if you are gluten free, go for only nuts or some gluten free breadcrumbs. If you do not like almonds, switch them out for any other nuts (but believe me, almonds work really good in here)! It is super versatile.
What I also really like about this recipe is that if you do not eat all of it you can use it for lunch next day or you can even meal prep it! Store the almond breadcrumbs in a separate container and it will last in the fridge for a few days! When I have this for lunch, I like to pair it with some boiled eggs as whole-wheat bread or some Quinoa to make it more filling. This is a really delicious and balanced meal then, as you have a lot of vitamins from the beans and eggs, a healthy amount of protein from the eggs, healthy fats from the almonds and oil, and some whole grain carbs from the bread or the Quinoa.
So stop looking for a side dish recipe for thanksgiving or Christmas! Make these healthy and flavorful cream beans with almond bread crumbs to make everyone happy! And a little tip: try it before the big event to convince yourself that it is REALLY good! So if you do like it, it would mean a lot to me if you could leave a rating and/ or a comment here on the blogpost. Also if you decide to try it out be sure to tag me on Instagram with @uneptcuisiniere or #unepetitecuisiniere !
Green Beans with Almond Breadcrumbs (Vegan)
This is a great side dish for Christmas Eve or Thanksgiving, or litteraly any occasion. It is super versatile and incredibly delicious.
What you will need
That is what you will need:
- 400 g green beans
- 40 g breadcrumbs preferably whole wheat
- 20 g almonds
- 20 g Butter if wanting it vegan, use Olive Oil or vegan Butter instead
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- optional some lemon zest see recipe notes
That is how it works:
Bring a large pot with water to a boil. Generously salt. Cut of the ends of the green beans, and if they are very long cut them in half too. Add them to the boiling water and let them cook for about 5-7 minutes until ready. You will be able to notice that once you can stab through with a fork easily.
In the meantime chop up the almonds into small chuncks. Heat up the butter in a small pan. Once hot add in, both the breadcrumbs, and the almonds and fry them for about 2-3 minutes on medium heat.
Once the beans are done, rinse them and shock them with cold water. This helps to preserve the colour and the vitamins. Toss them in some Olive Oil and add them onto a pretty serving plate. Add the breadcrumbs on top and serve!
Feel free to add some lemon or orange zest to give it some freshness. This addition would make the dish a perfect match to fish and seafood!
If you do not like almonds, you can use any other nut, but almonds work really great in here!
You can also use gluten free breadcrumbs.