1 pound green beans, stem trimmed
3 tablespoons butter
¼ cup sliced almonds
juice of ½ lemon
garlic clove, chopped (optional)
1. Melt the butter in a heavy pan over medium heat. When the foam has begun to subside, add the almonds. Cook, stirring frequently, until the almonds begin to brown. Turn off the heat and add the lemon juice and sea salt.
2. Cook the beans in salted, boiling water until tender. Drain well and toss with the almonds and butter. Taste for salt and adjust to your taste.
3. You can add a clove of finely chopped garlic to the butter just before adding the beans.