Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Snap Peas - Garlic and Shaved Almonds

I made these as a side dish for Pecan Crusted Catfish last week.

The beautiful thing about snap peas is that they taste great raw.  So, only way to mess em up is to over cook them.  Seriously, this is a 5 minute dish.


1 TBS Canola Oil in a pan...

Add 2 TBS smashed minced Garlic
Saute for a few minutes until the oil gets fragrant.
Add almond slivers
and add the beans...

A little of that fancy pan flip maneuver you see on TV and 3 minutes later, they are done.

Just that fast.  If they don't have a snap to their bite, you cooked them too long.


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  1. Those look great! You gotta love a 5 minute dish!

  2. They look wonderful. I love this time of year where the veggies are fresh and the Farmer's Markets are full. Thanks for the info on e-recipes.

  3. What a perfect side to serve with fish. It looks wonderful, Dave. Have a great evening. Blessings...Mary

  4. I do love me some sugar snaps. I eat them plain mostly but if I can manage to spare any, they'll be going into this dish!