Green Beans and Bacon – super easy to prepare dish with fresh green beans, bacon bits and garlic. An excellent flavorful side with few simple ingredients that brings a crisp fresh flavor to your holiday or weeknight meal!
We are down to few days before the holiday feast! And I know pretty sure how life has been too busy for most of us.
So I’m popping in with this super easy to prep dish that you can include in your holiday meal or even on your regular weeknight meal.
This easy Green Beans and Bacon is a great alternative to the ever popular holiday side Green Bean Casserole.
If you don’t want to go the extra trouble of making a creamy sauce from scratch (cause from scratch always taste way better… 😉 ), then this no fuss green bean dish is a winner! And who can’t resist that bacon flavor infused on every strings of this crispy fresh green beans? You can make a big batch of bacon using this Oven Baked Bacon recipe. No flipping required.
See how perfect green beans and bacon are together? It’s a healthy-ish yet sooo flavorful way to stuff more veggies.
To jazz up this dish a little more (oh yes, I have the knack for jazzing up ), saute some garlic cloves and a diced onions in butter and bacon drippings before you toss in the cooked and drained green beans. An absolute winning combo that elevates the usual bland green beans into this delectable healthy strings.
Happy holidays, everyone!
Tips and Notes:
- When cooking green beans in this recipe, cook them until they’re just tender crisp so they don’t end up soggy.
- You may use canned or frozen green beans in this recipe but I strongly suggest that you go with the fresh ones ’cause they have the very best flavors and textures.
- Do not completely discard all the bacon drippings. Just leave approximately a tablespoon in the pan as this a good replacement for butter and oil for sauteing.
- If you like to add a little bit of heat, you may toss in a few chili flakes instead of the creole seasoning.
Green Beans and Bacon
- Bring a pot of water to a boil, then add green beans and let it cook for about 4 -5 minutes. Remove and add in cold iced water to stop the cooking. Drain and set aside. This step might be done in advance and refrigerated to save time.
- Place sauce-pan or skillet on medium high heat, then add bacon, saute until crispy about 6-7 minutes .Remove all but 2-3 Tablespoon bacon grease. You may add more if desired.
- Add sliced garlic, onion, saute for 2 minutes. Then add green beans and creole seasoning. Continue stirring for about 3-5 minutes.
- Remove and top with parmesan cheese.