Green Beans with Bacon

This simple side is a classic crowd-pleaser.  Toss cooked green beans with sauteed shallots, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and top with crumbled bacon.

Yield: 12 servings (serving size: about 2/3 cup)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 46
  • Calories from fat: 22%
  • Fat: 1.1g
  • Saturated fat: 0.4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.5g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.2g
  • Protein: 2.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 8g
  • Fiber: 3.3g
  • Cholesterol: 2mg
  • Iron: 1.1mg
  • Sodium: 93mg
  • Calcium: 38mg

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • 3 bacon slices
  • 1/2 cup chopped shallots
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

  1. Cook green beans in boiling water for 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and plunge beans into ice water; drain.
  2. Cook bacon in a Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; crumble. Add shallots to drippings in pan; sauté 4 minutes or until tender. Add beans, juice, salt, and pepper to pan; toss to combine. Cook 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring often. Remove from heat. Sprinkle bacon over bean mixture; toss.
Note:

You can cook the green beans and bacon up to two days ahead; refrigerate them separately until you're ready to assemble the dish.

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