Sunday, December 16, 2012

Orange Glazed Green Beans with Candied Almonds

I got this recipe from a friend, B Dubs Cafe!  She is an awesome cook and has a picture of these finished over on her blog!  I'll be adding one soon!  These are delicious and I'm gonna be making them for the Christmas Party at my in-laws this year!!  Enjoy!

¾ cup almonds, chopped coarse
3 TBPS butter (unsalted if you have it)
2 TBSP pure maple syrup
salt (if using unsalted butter)
2 green onions, minced
2/3 tsp grated orange zest (I used a cutie)
pinch of cayenne pepper
2 tsp all purpose flour
1 ½ pounds green beans trimmed
2/3 cup low sodium chicken broth
1/3 cup orange juice
1 tsp fresh sage (or  ½ tsp dried)
Toast almonds in 12 inch nonstick skillet over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 3 minutes.  Off heat, stir in 1 TBSP butter, maple syrup and 1/8 tsp salt if using unsalted butter (skip this if using salted butter)

Return skillet to medium heat and cook, stirring constantly until nuts are dry and glossy, about 45 seconds; transfer to a plate and set aside.

Wipe out skillet, melt remaining 2 TBSP butter in skillet over medium heat.  Add green onions, orange zest, and cayenne; cook, stirring constantly, until green onions are softened, about 2 minutes.  Stir in flour until combined, then add green beans.  Add chicken broth, orange juice and sage.  Increase heat to medium-high, cover and cook until beans are crisp tender, about 4 minutes.
Uncover and cook, stirring occasionally, until beans are tender and sauce has thickened slightly, about 4 minutes. Off heat, season with salt and pepper to taste.  Transfer to serving dish, sprinkle with pecans and serve.