Green Beans and Bacon

Discover a mouth-watering twist to your greens with our Green Beans and Bacon recipe. This dish combines the fresh, crisp taste of green beans with the rich, savory flavor of bacon, creating a side dish that's both nutritious and indulgent. Perfect for family dinners or special occasions, this recipe elevates green beans to a new level. The addition of finely chopped onions and a hint of garlic enhances the flavors, while a splash of lemon juice adds a refreshing zest. Whether you're a seasoned cook or trying out new culinary adventures, this Green Beans and Bacon recipe is sure to impress.

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • Salt (for boiling water)
  • 1/2 pound bacon, roughly chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)

Instructions

Start by preparing a large pot of boiling salted water. Toss in the trimmed green beans and cook for about 5 minutes, until they are bright green and crisp-tender. Once done, immediately drain the beans and place them in a bowl of ice water to halt the cooking process. This technique, known as ‘shocking’, preserves the vibrant color and crisp texture of the beans. After they’ve cooled, drain the beans again and pat them dry to remove excess moisture.

In a large, heavy sauté pan, cook the chopped bacon over medium heat. You’re aiming for a crispy texture, which should take about 5 minutes. Once done, transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain the excess fat. In the same pan, reduce the bacon grease, leaving about 2 tablespoons for sautéing.

Now, add the finely chopped yellow onion to the pan. Sauté the onion until it becomes soft and tender, taking about 4 to 5 minutes. This step infuses the onion’s sweetness into the dish. Next, sprinkle in the minced garlic and sauté for an additional minute, just until it becomes fragrant.

It’s time to reintroduce the green beans to the pan. Add the reserved beans and cook them until they are thoroughly heated, which should take about 5 to 6 minutes. Finally, return the crispy bacon to the pan, pour in the freshly squeezed lemon juice, and toss everything together. Season the dish with salt and pepper to your liking.

Serve this delectable Green Beans and Bacon as a side dish that’s sure to win over any crowd. It’s best enjoyed warm and makes enough to serve 6-8 people.

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