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Green Beans with Smoked Almonds

4 servings

-- 1 pound green beans, ends trimmed, halved crosswise
-- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
-- Pinch salt
-- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
-- 1/4 cup smoked almonds, coarsely chopped

1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add the beans and time about 5 minutes, or until tender. (Cooking time for beans can vary greatly; keep testing until you reach the desired tenderness.) Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Pat with paper towels to remove excess moisture.

2. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the beans, salt and pepper. Cook, tossing, 2 minutes. Add the almonds and stir an additional 1 to 2 minutes, or until the beans are heated through.