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Mustardy Beans with Buttered Almonds

Yield 8 servings
Coarse-grained mustard contributes tang to these beans, and bacon adds that smoky element we all love.


  • 2 1/2 pounds fresh green beans
  • 2 bacon slices, chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons coarse-grained mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

How to Make It

  1. Wash beans; trim stem ends. (Leave beans whole or cut to desired length.)

  2. Cook bacon in a Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp. Add beans and water to bacon with drippings in Dutch oven. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, partially cover, and simmer 12 to 15 minutes or until beans are tender. Drain well, reserving bacon with beans.

  3. Melt butter over medium heat in Dutch oven; add almonds, and sauté until lightly toasted. Stir in mustard and honey. Add beans, bacon, salt, and pepper; toss to coat.

Christmas with Southern Living 2001