One-Skillet Pork and Green Beans Amandine: tender, flavorful pork paired with crisp-tender green beans tossed in butter, lemon juice and toasted almonds.
Who wouldn’t love a quick, simple dinner of tender pork and green beans amandine all made in one pan?
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Things have been busier than usual around here with the start of school, my daughter who made the Jr. Redskins Cheerleading team (we’re pretty excited about it, but it means a lot of long-distance practices) and a workload for me that’s welcoming but a bit challenging at the moment.
So trust me when I say that simple, quick recipes like this One-Skillet Pork and Green Beans Amandine have been saving my sanity.
WHAT IS GREEN BEANS AMANDINE?
Amadine (or almondine, as it’s sometimes called) means a dish that’s been garnished with almonds and it’s usually been cooked in butter as well. Therefore, Green Beans Amandine is a dish that has butter and almonds in it (Trout Almandine is another common dish you may be familiar with). I add a small amount of fresh lemon juice to brighten the flavor after toasting slivered almonds in the butter. It all gets tossed with crisp-tender green beans, but only after searing some tender, marinated pork so that the beans have the added flavor from all those browned bits at the bottom of the pan.
To make this a truly quick and tasty meal, I start with Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Herb Marinated Fresh Pork Loin Filet. I’ve preached this before, but it’s my go-to for a delicious, hassle-free dinner that’s ready in about 30 minutes or less. Since the prep work is already done, I can simply slow-cook, grill, roast, or sauté for a meal that’s perfect for any night of the week – even during this busy back-to-school season. Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork is available at local Harris Teeter, Shoprite and Walmart stores nationwide.
Smithfield pork is slow-marinated and perfectly seasoned, plus it’s available in an assortment of mouthwatering flavors, such as Roasted Garlic & Herb, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Slow Smoked Mesquite, and Slow Roasted Golden Rotisserie. And of these flavors would pair well with the Green Beans Amandine, but I chose the Roasted Garlic and Herb. The flavors really complement the buttery lemon green beans. And it’s so nice to only have one pan to wash when I’m done!
I use the loin filet for this recipe since I can slice it and cook it even quicker than usual. But if you prefer something different, it’s available in a wide variety of fresh cuts, including pork roasts, chops, ribs, and sirloins and tenderloins. You can slice or cube any of these cuts for even faster cooking. They’re all made from 100% fresh pork with no artificial ingredients and they’re packed with protein (great if you’re eating Keto like we are)!
HOW TO MAKE GREEN BEANS ALMONDINE?
Or is it amandine? I seem to say them interchangeably, and you should feel free to as well. Making green beans amandine is very simple. Most of the time the beans are blanched in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes until they’re crisp-tender. Since I like to use just one pan to keep things simple, I cook them at a strong simmer in a covered skillet first. Then I cook my Smithfield pork and remove it from the pan to let it rest a few minutes. The butter and almonds are toasted in the skillet with those tasty browned bits left in the hot pan from the pork. I add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, toss the green beans in the butter mixture and place the pork back in the pan for serving.
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But first, stick around to grab my recipe for One-Skillet Pork and Green Beans Amandine. You don’t want to miss out on this one!
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 pound french green beans , (haricot verts)
- 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 package Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Herb Marinated Fresh Pork Loin Filet, sliced crosswise into 1-inch slices, (or your favorite flavor)
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- 2 tsp fresh lemon juice,, or to taste
- coarse salt and pepper,, to taste
- Pour water into a preheated skillet over medium heat. When it's very hot, add the green beans and cover. Cook for approximately 5 minutes, or until beans are crisp-tender. Drain beans in a colander and return pan to the heat, increasing heat to med-high.
- Add oil to pan and, once shimmering, add pork to pan, in batches if necessary so pan does not get overcrowded. Cook until nicely browned on the first side. Flip pork then cover and cook about 5 minutes or until pork is cooked through (time will largely depend on how thick you cut your pork). Remove pork and set aside to rest.
- Reduce the heat to low, then add the butter and almonds. Stir the mixture taking care to scrape up all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Once the almonds are starting to brown (about a minute or two), add the green beans back to the pan and toss. Push the green beans to one side of the pan, then add your pork back to the pan. Serve immediately.
You may use regular green beans, however they may take a few minutes longer to cook.