Green Beans And Bacon

 Filled with fiber, vitamin C, and folate, green beans are wonderful low-calorie vegetables that are also low in cost, making them great assets on your grocery list.1 Our quick and easy recipe preserves the crunch of the green beans in a decadent presentation. Coated in bacon drippings and butter, the green beans pair perfectly with crunchy bits of bacon.

Although we're still using some of the fat rendered from the bacon, most of it gets discarded, so you'll get the full flavor but not a lot of oil on your plate. This dish is perfect to serve alongside rotisserie chicken, steak, pork tenderloin, or even a firm white fish, and it's an excellent alternative to plain steamed green beans or a traditional green bean casserole.

If you can't find fresh beans, use frozen. Steam them following the package directions, and then follow the rest of the recipe. Either way, don't miss the chance to try this flavorful dish, as it might become a new favorite.

  • Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds fresh green beans (washed)
  • 8 strips bacon (diced)

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • Black pepper (to taste)

  • Salt (to taste)

  • Step:

  • Gather the ingredients:

  • Top and tail the green beans by slicing off both ends. Cut them on half. Reserve.

  • Heat a large skillet or pan over medium heat. Add the diced bacon and fry it until crispy.

  • Remove the bacon to paper towels to drain the excess fat. Reserve

  • Leave 2 to 3 tablespoons of the bacon drippings in the skillet and reserve the remaining drippings for another recipe.

  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat and add the beans. Boil for about 8 to 12 minutes, or until the desired doneness is reached. 

  • Drain the green beans well and then add them to the skillet. Add the cooked bacon and butter. Toss well and heat until the green beans are thoroughly coated and hot.

  • Sprinkle the green beans with freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste.