Fill a large bowl with ice, leaving just enough room for the green beans to fit, but don't add them yet.
In a large pot, bring approximately 5 cups of salted water to a boil. Add the beans and cook for 2 minutes.
Remove the beans from the water and immediately place them in the bowl of ice, gently tossing them with the ice to make sure all of the beans are cooled as quickly as possible. This step stops the cooking process and keeps the beans their vibrant green color. It's called blanching.
Heat the butter and oil on medium low, and add the garlic. Sauté the garlic for a minute or so, until it browns slightly. This infuses the butter and oil with the garlic flavor. Yum.
Turn off the heat, add the green beans to the pan, toss to coat.
Top with almonds, and serve!