Roasted Green Beans with Diced Dates, Garlic and Rosemary Marcona Almonds

By Mary Catherine Tee
March 2, 2016

Author Notes: Dates (when diced and cooked in oil) take on a cooked bacon/pancetta like texture. They are outrageously flavorful. Paired with green beans, garlic, Marcona almonds, and a touch of rosemary, this side dish is a perfect accompaniment to roasted pork or lamb. Or chicken. Or beef. Or quinoa. Or by themselves. If you can't find Marcona almonds, substitute slivered almonds and reduce almond quantity by half.Mary Catherine Tee

Serves: 4


  • 1 pound fresh green beans, ends trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 6 dates, pitted and diced
  • pinches salt
  • 1/2 cup Marcona almonds
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary (or 1 tsp chopped, dried rosemary)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a cast iron skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic, stirring to coat in oil and saute for 1 minute.
  3. Add dates and green beans to the garlic-oil, stir to coat. Sautee, stirring occasionally, for 4 minutes, or until the beans start to sweat just a bit.
  4. Add salt and almonds, give one final stir to coat everything in the skillet, and pop in the oven.
  5. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through, or until the beans are slightly blistered and browned but still hold their form.

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Reviews (4) Questions (0)


LE B. March 3, 2016
mct, how clever of you! and a very flexible combo it would seem. I bet curry powder or cumin and coriander seeds would make a neat part of it too!
Author Comment
Mary C. March 4, 2016
Curry powder would be a great addition! It could easily be done tagine-style, too.
sexyLAMBCHOPx March 2, 2016
Yum, this looks delicious!
Author Comment
Mary C. March 2, 2016
Thanks! It was born out of using what I had on hand, as most great recipes do. :-)