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Balsamic Green Beans with Caramelized Almonds
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1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed, broken in half

1 large (1 cup) red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

6 ounce slice (1 cup) Land O Lakes® Provolone Cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes


1/4 cup honey

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup finely chopped shallots or green onions

2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh garlic

1 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper


1/2 cup slivered almonds

1 tablespoon Land O Lakes® Butter

1 tablespoon sugar

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Place 3 cups ice cubes in large bowl; fill with cold water. Set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Heat 6 quarts water in 8-quart saucepan until water comes to a full boil: add green beans. Continue cooking 3-4 minutes or until beans turn bright green and are crisply tender. Do not over cook. Drain.

  3. STEP 3

    Immediately place green beans into ice water; let stand until cool. Drain well; pat dry. Place into large bowl; add bell pepper and cheese. Set aside.

  4. STEP 4

    Combine all dressing ingredients in container with tight-fitting lid; shake until well mixed. Pour over bean mixture. Cover; refrigerate, stirring every hour, for at least 3 hours.

  5. STEP 5

    Place almonds, butter and sugar in 8-inch nonstick skillet. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium-low heat until almonds are golden and caramelized. Immediately remove from heat; spread onto waxed paper to cool.

  6. STEP 6

    Place green bean mixture into serving bowl; sprinkle with almonds.

Tip #1

Make sure you don’t overcook green beans or they will lose their bright green color and become limp.

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