In this dish, fresh green beans are roasted to bring out their natural sweetness, then combined with savory bacon for added richness and orange zest for a burst of citrus on the palate.
3 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
6 thick hickory-smoked bacon slices, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
4 large shallots, cut into wedges
3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/3 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 425°. Place green beans in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper; tossing to coat. Divide green beans between 2 (15- x 10-inch) jelly-roll pans. Bake at 425° for 25 minutes. Stir and bake 10 more minutes or until tender.
Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon. Sauté shallots in hot drippings until tender. Add vinegar, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of skillet. Stir in honey.
Pour shallot mixture over green beans, and sprnkle with thyme, orange zest, hazelnuts, and bacon. Toss well.
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