Green Beans with Bacon

This has been the side dish that Tim has requested the most this summer.  Whenever I ask if he has any requests for food that I make, he always eyeballs the pile of fresh green beans that we have, smiles and says “green beans with bacon”.  Then his eyes roll back in his head as he dreams of their delicious taste. Coming in as his second most requested dish are bacon wrapped jalapenos.  It must be that he loves green vegetables.

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Yeah right.  Did you buy that?  It’s the bacon, of course!  Bacon makes everything better. 🙂

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Green Beans with Bacon {serves 4}

Ingredients:

about 5 cups of fresh green beans, washed and snapped

4 or 5 pieces of bacon

1 small onion, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, minced

cracked black pepper

4 heaping tablespoons soy sauce {other liquid/combos works too – I’ve used beer, wine, broth, and red wine vinegar, but soy sauce is our favorite}

Directions:

In a large skillet {I prefer cast iron}, cook bacon until crisp.  Remove to a paper towel lined plate.  Pour off the bacon grease leaving just 1 teaspoon or less remaining.  Add the chopped onion to the skillet that is over medium high heat and saute for a moment to get lightly brown.  Then add the green beans and garlic.  Stir until the beans turn bright green.  Then, turn the heat to medium low and add the soy sauce.  Cover the pan with a loose fitting lid.  Let them steam for about 10 minutes, checking and stirring frequently.  They are done when the liquid is reduced/evaporated, the onions are caramelized, and beans are tender.  Season with cracked black pepper.  Chop or crumble the bacon and stir into the beans.  Serve and enjoy!

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