Hi everyone – merry Christmas eve! I know many of you are out and about wrapping up your holiday shopping and visiting with family and friends, so I just want to pop in real quick with a side dish recipe that you’re going to want to include in your holiday feast – 15 Minute Green Beans and Bacon!
I can’t believe it’s taken me over 5 years to share this recipe with you, as Green Beans and Bacon has been a staple at my family’s table for gosh, 20+ years now. My Mom makes it for every major holiday – Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, plus some other special occasions – and it takes, you guessed it, just 15 minutes to make!
In a world of complicated holiday side dishes, heck any dinner side dishes, this recipe stands out not only for its deliciousness but ease of preparation. 15 minutes, 1 skillet, plus – BACON, my friends. The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without it.
My Mom’s recipe calls for sautéing onions with bacon then tossing with freshly steamed green beans. I removed a step and sautéed the fresh green beans directly in some of the leftover bacon grease spiked with garlic cloves, which results in these fabulously blistered green beans permeated with the flavor of garlic and bacon. It. Is. Wild. I ate enough to walk past Ben and have his exclaim, woah, someone had some garlic! Thanks, hon, and WORTH IT!
Start by sautéing 1/2lb chopped bacon in a very large skillet over medium heat. Once the bacon starts to render its fat add 4 garlic cloves that have been peeled but left whole, and 1 chopped shallot or 1 small onion. Saute until the bacon is crisp then remove the mixture to a plate and set aside. Pick out the garlic cloves and use for another dish – they’d be fab mixed into mashed potatoes!
Remove all but 1 Tablespoon bacon grease from the skillet then add 1lb trimmed fresh green beans. Season with salt and pepper then saute until blistered and crisp-tender, 5-7 minutes.
I love how my grocery store displays fresh greens on the ends caps at this time of year. Mt. Green Bean, elevation 3 feet. Hi-o Silver!
Scoop the bacon and shallot mixture back into the skillet with the green beans then toss to combine. Serve and savor!
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15-Minute Green Beans and Bacon
15-Minute Green Beans and Bacon is a quick and easy side dish that's perfect for the holidays or with everyday dinner!
- 1/2lb bacon, chopped
- 1 large shallot or 1 small onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled but left whole
- 1lb trimmed fresh green beans
- salt and pepper
- Add bacon to a large, deep skillet over medium heat. When the fat begins to render out, add shallots and garlic cloves then saute until bacon is browned but not too crispy, stirring occasionally. Scoop bacon and shallot mixture to a bowl then remove garlic cloves and set aside.
- Remove all but 1 Tablespoon bacon grease from the skillet then add green beans and turn heat up slightly. Season with salt and pepper then saute until tender, 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir bacon and shallot mixture back in then serve.
This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.
I am telling you – these green beans with bacon are luscious. I love how the garlic flavor permeates the bacon. That’s right – garlic bacon! Mmmm, mm, mm. This dish is a treat. Enjoy, and MERRY CHRISTMAS + HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!