3tablespoonsfinely chopped scallions,green parts only
Freshly ground black pepper
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Drop in the beans and cook just until they are very crisp/tender - you will be cooking further in a sauté pan, so do not overcook. This will take less than 3 minutes. Drain well in colander and then let very cold water flow over them, tossing them in the colander once or twice to release heat. Keep the cold water flowing until the beans are cool. Pat them very dry with paper towels.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in large sauté pan over medium heat until hot. Add almonds and toss around until very light golden brown, add scallions, toss to coat and soften, then remove nut mixture and set aside.
Add remaining olive oil to pan over medium-high heat. Add the dried green beans and cook for a minute or so until they begin to blister, tossing occasionally. Toss in nut mixture to incorporate. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately.
After draining the beans in the colander you could shock them in a big bowl of ice water, which will halt their further cooking immediately. While this is the classic technique, which works very well, I find that many people do not always have a large amount of ice around, which is why we provided an alternative technique.