Green beans with caramelized onions and almonds is a great way to dress up green beans for a holiday, special occasion or dinner party.
Add the green beans to a pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil over high heat.
Once it is to a rolling boil, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 5 minutes.
Drain in a colander or strainer, and run cold water over it to stop the cooking. (My mom does an ice water plunge, but I find running cold water works fine for me.)
Melt the 1/2 Tablespoon of butter and olive oil aver medium low heat, and add onions slices, stirring to coat. Set a timer to 20 minutes.
Let the onions cook in the pan for 5 minutes, then toss them every 2 to 3 minutes, thereafter.
When there are 7 or 8 minutes left on your timer, add 1/4 cup of water to deglaze the pan, and stir. The water will evaporate, but it will bring up that wonderful caramelization from the bottom of the pan.
When there are 5 minutes left, add the 2 Tablespoons of butter and brown sugar, and toss in the green beans.
Turn off the heat, add the 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, and almonds, and then fold to combine.