Baked Green Beans with Chocolate Picada

These Baked Green Beans with Chocolate Picada make a great holiday side dish with a twist. The garlicky pesto-like sauce with almonds, parsley and chocolate gives roasted green beans an exciting makeover.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 (as a side)
Author Leelalicious


  • 3/4 - 1 pound green beans
  • sea salt & black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

Chocolate Picada:

  • 5 garlic cloves coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sliced almond lightly toasted and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley leaves finely chopped
  • 3/4 ounce Green & Black’s 85% Dark Chocolate grated
  • sea salt & black pepper


  1. Preheat your oven to 425° F.
  2. Start by making the garlic oil. Add olive oil and chopped garlic to a small pan. Heat slowly on low until the garlic is fragrant and softened but not browned/burned. Set aside.
  3. Place a baking sheet in the oven to heat for 10 minutes.
  4. Wash and trim the green beans. Dry thoroughly with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel.
  5. Toss the dried beans with 1 tablespoon of the garlic oil, salt, and pepper.
  6. Spread green beans onto the heated baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 10 minutes. Then toss the beans, sprinkle with parmesan and bake for another 5 minutes.
  7. To make the chocolate picada, stir together finely chopped almonds, parsley, grated chocolate, salt and pepper with the remaining garlic oil in a small bowl.
  8. Serve the baked beans with a generous drizzle of picada. Any remaining picada also tastes great with poultry. Perfect, if you are serving this as a Thanksgiving side dish.