Green beans with bacon are delicious, topped with some smoky bacon, garlic, and caramelized shallots. A completely irresistible side dish!
The combination of freshly sauteed beans and crispy smoked bacon just can't be beat! An elegant side dish that’s perfect for a holiday meal or Sunday supper.
Can I use frozen green beans?
Fresh is best here but you could absolutely use frozen green beans in this recipe. Just make sure they are completely thawed and patted dry with a paper towel to remove excess water.
Tips for making green beans with bacon
- I cut these in half, sometimes thirds if they are long.
- I use thick-cut smokey bacon but pancetta is also a great choice.
- The water bath stops with the cooking process so the green beans are still a little firm.
- Use a 10-12 inch skillet.
- If you prefer firmer green beans cook closer to 4 minutes instead of 6 minutes.
Can I add a potato?
I have a delicious Slow Cooker Southern Green Beans version that I add diced potatoes into. The additional flavor and texture is so good!
Looking for more holiday recipes?
- Corn Pudding Casserole
- Chipotle Maple Mashed Potatoes
- Garlic Roasted Mashed Potatoes
- Honey Garlic Roasted Carrots
- Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy
- Homemade Cranberry Sauce
- 1 1/2 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and cut in half
- 5 slices thick cut bacon( I use applewood or cherrywood bacon)
- 1 large shallot, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, cut into thin slices
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the green beans and simmer for about 4 minutes. Drain them into an ice bath to stop the cooking. Then drain into a colander.
- Heat a large skillet on medium-high heat add bacon and cook until crisp, about 6 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove to a paper towel to drain.
- Reduce heat to medium low and add sliced shallots to the bacon grease, and saute for 3-4 minutes. Stirring frequently so it doesn't burn.
- Add drained green beans into the pan with the cooked bacon and minced garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes to warm through and cook the garlic.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Pancetta can be used in place of bacon.
Amount Per Serving Calories 98Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 10mgSodium 257mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 3gSugar 4gProtein 6g
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