This famous "green bean scene" that takes place near the end of Breaking Bad's run helped plant the seed for this blog's existence. Food isn't really a focus in the show, and since every little detail is intentional and the writing is absolutely perfect, it's one of the best uses of food in TV ever. I'll never forget the straight on shot of Skyler, Jesse and Walt sitting around the table awkwardly eating and not talking, their dislike for each other palpable. The green beans are pretty much the only topic of conversation during this hostile dinner, and because of that, we get a lot of information about them. There's so much drama and comedy packed into this simple scene, it's so fun to revisit in the midst of moving towards the conclusion of a show that keeps the punches coming. In response to the fact that Skyler didn't even cook the green beans, I dressed up a the simple way I usually cook mine with some lemon and almonds (and the option of parmesan). They're perfect for a quick and easy side or even a light snack.
Roasted green beans with almonds
inspired by Breaking Bad season 5, episode 6
- 1 lb fresh green beans
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- handful almonds, roasted and chopped or sliced*
- 1 clove garlic, sliced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/8 cup parmesan (optional)
Preheat oven to 400ºF. Rinse green beans and cut off ends. Toss green beans, olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl to coat. Place green beans in an even layer and arrange garlic slices spread around the pan. Cook 15-20 minutes, until soft and starting to look a little wilted. Remove from oven, squeeze lemon and toss. Top with almonds. Serve.
*I roasted and chopped whole raw almonds I already had at 400 for about 7 minutes (removing from oven immediately once I can smell them cooking), but buying pre-roasted and/or sliced almonds is a quicker and probably safer bet.
[made while watching The West Wing (season 6).]