Thursday, November 18, 2010

Green beans with bacon - Ditch the casserole!

Screw green bean casserole. It's gross. Actually green bean casserole at Thanksgiving was one of the main reasons it took me 26 years to realize that I actually like green beans. Don't subject yet another generation to the same pain I did, okay? Serve this at thanksgiving instead.

The key is using beans that are actually good. I used haricot vert as they are nice and crunchy, but if you have the pleasure of a farmers market near you, it's pretty easy to find blue lake, yellow wax or purple beans and those will work just as well.
If you don't have a farmers market near you or don't have access to beans, use your own judgement. Just make sure they are young, which means nice and skinny with snappy pods, not fat and full of beans. Safeway sells bagged organic haricot vert which worked out just fine.

FOR GODS SAKE, don't use canned green beans.

Green beans with bacon

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 pieces thick cut bacon, chopped into little bits
  • half of a sweet onion, finely diced
  • one clove of garlic, smashed
  • one pound fresh green beans, washed and with the tips snapped off
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • a drizzle of olive oil
  • the zest of one lemon
  • half a lemons worth of juice
  1. Melt the butter in a heavy pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the bacon and cook for a few minutes until it begins to crisp, then add the onion and garlic. Cook until the onion is soft, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the green beans and toss to coat with the onion, bacon and butter mixture. Add a little olive oil if it looks dry.
  4. Add the red pepper flakes, lemon zest and lemon juice.
  5. Continue to cook, stirring often, until the green beans are crisp-tender, about 5-10 minutes depending on what sort of beans you got. Tasting is key!
  6. Add salt and pepper to your liking.

1 comment:

Roara said...

Thank you for this recipe I've been looking for it for years. when I was a kid the lil' ol' ladies at the church made this transcendent dish claiming oh I just boil them." horse feathers! Anyway the way I do Green Bean Casserole it is FAR from Gross. Of course my mom is wheat, egg, dairy and sugar allergic so I do the ENTIRE Thanksgiving meal from scratch. I make a very light and flavorful mushroom soup (thick enough to serve as condensed by reducing the liquid) with brown rice flour and coconut oil rue. The green beans I get fresh and lightly steam them. The onions are organic and I deep fry those suckers myself so by the end the dish is magnificent. Thanksgiving prep takes me three days to get ready for Thursday's baking. I love it!

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