Friday, October 10, 2014

Simple Skillet Green Beans with Bacon

Simple Skillet Green Beans with Bacon and Red Onions recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Simple Skillet Green Beans are warm and crisp, mixed with slivered red onions and bacon. Fresh green beans are one of our favorite side dishes and nine times out of ten I simply toss them in the oven to roast them. They are absolutely, positively delicious that way, but last night I wanted something a little different.

I spied the bacon in the fridge and within a few minutes I had a couple strips of that bacon sizzling on the stove. (Although, I did consider adding a full pound of bacon and calling this an indulgence instead of a vegetable side dish. Of course, I might not have felt as justified downing a good size brownie for dessert after eating half a pound of bacon on my own.) These green beans are a delicious vegetable side dish with just enough smoky bacon flavor to add something special to any meal.

Most of my family gave these green beans two thumbs up. However, my youngest has recently decided that cooked green things are "not his favorite" at all. This absolutely cracks me up, because this is the child who begs for green smoothies every single day. I served the green beans with Oven Roasted Crispy Chicken and some amazing smoky bacon potatoes that I'll be sharing next week. (I'll be making those potatoes again this weekend because they were so tasty we ate all of them right off the pan!)

COOK'S NOTE: Haricot vert are simply thin French green beans. If you are unable to find them, regular green beans will work just fine. You'll need to increase the cooking time by 1-2 minutes. The beans should be slightly tender and still have a bit of a bite to them when they are finished cooking.

Simple Skillet Green Beans with Bacon and Red Onions
Yield: 4 servings
(printable recipe)

2 slices bacon, cut in half
1 pound fresh green beans or haricot vert
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
optional: 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced, about 1/2 cup

Warm a large skillet on the stove over medium high heat. Cook the bacon and then place the cooked bacon strips on a paper towel lined plate to drain. There should be about a tablespoon of oil remaining in the skillet. (If there is more than that, drain off the excess. If there isn't a tablespoon's worth of oil, add a pat of butter to the skillet.)

Adjust the heat to medium and add the green beans to the skillet. Toss with tongs or stir to coat them in the bacon grease. Sprinkle with salt (and pepper, if desired) and cover with a lid. Let the green beans cook for 2 minutes, stir and cover again. Cook 2 minutes more and stir again.

Add the onions to the skillet and toss to combine. Continue cooking and stirring occasionally for 2-3 minutes, just until the beans are a tender and still a bit crisp. Chop the bacon and toss it back into the green beans. Remove from the heat and serve. Enjoy!

Simple Skillet Green Beans with Bacon recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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