This is a very simple green bean recipe from Gordon Ramsey and is a great accompaniment to any meal. We had it with a fish bake (will post recipe soon).
Fresh green beans- 200 gms trimmed
Shallot- 1 small finely chopped
Almonds- 2 tbs (optional)
Balsamic Vinegar- 1 1/2 tbs
Blanch the green beans: Drop the trimmed beans into boiling water for about 4 minutes. If not sure its done, take one out and bite into it. It should be crunchy but at the same time cooked to an extent. Keep a bowl of ice cold water (or water with some ice cubes in it) ready and as soon as you remove the beans out of the hot water, plunge it into the ice cold water. This way you are halting the cooking process and the colour and flavour is stored in the beans. Keep it in the cold water for a few minutes and then remove and place on a kitchen towel and dry.
Place the beans on a plate, scatter the shallots and the diced almonds on the beans and sprinkle the balsamic vinegar. If you want, you can also season with salt and pepper before you sprinkle the vinegar.
Serve as a side to any dish.