I love vegetables and could probably eat more than I do, but let’s face it, vegetables can be boring sometimes. Bacon, on the other hand, is never boring!
Adding bacon, shallots, and garlic will take your green bean side dish from forgettable to magical. And it’s all made in one pot and takes less than 20 minutes. Bacon for the win!
- If your beans are tender and you have stock left in the pan, just remove the lid and let the stock cook off.
- If you need more stock than the ½ cup, go ahead and use more.
- 4 slices of bacon are good, and five slices would be good, too.
- If you like garlic, add two cloves instead of one.
- As a final step, and to add more flavor, add a tablespoon of butter or Earth Balance, let melt, and mix through.
discover. cook. enjoy.
Magical BACON Green Beans Side Dish | GF/DF
- 1 lb green beans, fresh, trimmed
- 4 slices bacon, cut into lardons
- 1 large shallot , or 1/2 medium yellow onion
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- kosher salt and pepper
Mise en Place
- Slice the bacon into lardons, mince the garlic, medium dice the shallot, and place each in a prep bowl. Trim the green beans by snapping or with a knife. Measure the chicken stock. You will need a skillet with a lid. I like to use cast iron.
Steam the Beans
- Add the beans and the chicken stock to the skillet on high to medium-high. Sprinkle with a bit of Kosher salt, add a lid and cook until tender. I like my beans soft yet firm, and that takes about 5-7 minutes. Remove the beans from the pan.
Cook the Bacon, Shallots, and Garlic
- Reduce heat to medium. Add the bacon to the pan until it's almost crispy. Add the shallots and garlic and cook about 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add Back the Beans
- Add the beans to the skillet and stir. Add some fresh cracked pepper, and enjoy! Add a bit of butter or Earth Balance to add more deliciousness.