Yes, I said bacon fried green beans! I probably could have said bacon fried celery and you would have still opened up the recipe! 😉
This is such an easy dish. The key is to “fry” but not burn the green beans. Fresh-frozen green beans can be used but I prefer fresh. They have a much better texture. Definitely don’t use canned!
Bacon-Fried Green Beans
6 oz of good quality bacon, chopped
2 lbs green beans, ends trimmed, washed and cut in half
1/2 tsp of salt (or more to taste)
5 cloves of garlic, chopped
Fresh black pepper
In a large heavy bottomed pan, render the fat from the bacon on low to medium heat. Don’t burn the bacon! Once bacon is crispy (but not burned) remove bacon and set aside.
With the pan on medium heat, carefully add the wet green beans and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp of salt and cover. The little bit of water on beans will help them steam. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring once after 5 minutes. (Stir more if you think they may burn). After 10 minutes, remove lid and add garlic.
Stir well and cook for another 3 or 4 minutes until desired doneness. Some of the green beans will be browned but should not be burned. Cover pan with lid again to achieve more tender green beans. Before serving add back the bacon bits. Taste for salt and season with fresh black pepper.
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