Side Dishes

Amaretto Almond Green Beans

A simple, yet elevated and special green bean recipe. Recipe by Nicola Gilardi of Nicola's Ristorante.

Green beans with almonds
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Recipe courtesy Nicola Gilardi of Nicola's Ristorante

6 cups fresh green beans
½ tablespoon Kosher salt 
⅓ cup butter 
½ cup sliced almonds
¼ cup amaretto liqueur
½ cup cream 
½ tablespoon lemon juice 
½ tablespoon grated nutmeg 
½ teaspoon paprika  

To Prepare
Fill a large pot halfway with water. Add green beans and salt. Heat to a boil, and boil 10 minutes. Simmer until tender, then drain, and place in an ice bath to keep color. Add butter, almonds, liqueur and cream to a saute pan, and season with salt to taste. Simmer 10 to 15 minutes. Add green beans, plus lemon juice and nutmeg. Divide among plates, then season with salt to taste. Sprinkle with paprika and serve.