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Herb Roasted Almonds - Meatballs&Milkshakes

These make a great snack with drinks, before dinner, or just about anytime. These will be on my table for New Year’s Eve, but they were also out throughout the holidays and were great to munch on between all the big meals. I first had these kind of specially roasted almonds in LA last year, where they were artisanally roasting nuts with various spices. The options are endless, just take a look in your spice cabinet or refrigerator for inspiration.

Herb Roasted Almonds

12 ounce package of almonds, unroasted and unseasoned if possible

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus extra

2 tablespoons Aleppo pepper

2 tablespoons Herbes de Provence or chopped rosemary

2 tablespoons salt

Pour the almonds onto a foil-lined sheet tray. Pour the olive oil and spices on top, and using your hands, mix everything so the nuts are well coated in olive oil and spices. Spread them out and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until the nuts start to toast and they are fragrant. Toss when they come out of the oven to make sure they continue to absorb flavor as they cool. Add a little more olive oil if they seem dry, or to give more fresh olive oil flavor.

Herb Roasted Almonds - Meatballs&Milkshakes

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I now realize after some Wikipedia-ing that haricots vert are not technically the things that we Americans refer to as ‘green beans’ but this ‘recipe’ applies to them all.

So simply get a pan with a few tablespoons of olive oil in it nice and hot, take some green beans, and toss ’em in! The key here really is caramelizing the sh*t out of these things! It takes no less than 20-30 minutes, maybe even more. I will toss them every 5 minutes or so…maybe add some more oil as needed…perhaps a tablespoon of butter towards the end if you’re into that sort of thing. Also, a healthy seasoning of salt, pepper, and some herbes de Provence if you have that lying around really goes a long way.  You aren’t done until they aren’t very ‘vert’ anymore…They should be kind of tender and crispy, and just delicious!

The back story to this dish was a summer that my family lived in the countryside of France, kind of near Limoges for about a month. We were a half hour walk from the nearest town, and on this walk, there was an old lady who basically sat on her porch every morning just kind of picking the ends off tons of green beans from her garden. So we would buy some from her every couple of days. It became a month of green bean eating, and I realized how good these things can be!

Also, I will be contributing some music for these guest-blogs! This will be mostly my different cover versions of a favorite song of ours by Eddie Oliva; ‘Ravello.’  Many more genres to come…

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