Bits of crispy bacon, almonds, and balsamic vinegar can dress up steamed green beans and make them appealing even to the veggie-averse. Or try the same method with any of your favorite veggies from cabbage to peas to corn.
2 pounds green beans
2 bacon slices
1/4 cup minced shallots
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped almonds
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
How to Make It
Cook green beans in boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water. Drain well; set aside.
Cook bacon in a small skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet. Crumble; set aside. Add shallots to bacon fat in skillet; sauté 1 minute. Add almonds; sauté 1 minute. Remove and let cool. Add sugar and vinegar; stir until sugar dissolves. Add crumbled bacon.
Pour vinaigrette over beans, tossing gently to coat.
I quite enjoyed this, I would have given it 5 stars but a couple tweaks were needed. I found 1/4.C Vinegar was way to strong a flavor, and 2 Tbs. would have been plenty. As well I used 3 strips of bacon. I used slivered almonds which I found just gave it texture more then crunch which I prefer. This makes boring green beans much more interesting.
This is my fav green bean recipe! I make for all holidays and special occasions. I steam the green beans in my steamer for 15 to 20 min and then prepare the sauce as indicated and dump on top of the beans.
This is my go-to green bean recipe. I have made it numerous times and it never fails. Fast and easy, but absolutely delicious!! Toasted pine nuts are a great substitute for the almonds if that's what you have on-hand. My guess is hazelnuts would be really good too. My boyfriend tells me that if I made this with every meal, he'd be a happy man :-) Definitely a great choice for both green bean lovers and those that you'd like to convert.
Loved it! The sweet verses tart flavor play was delightful. I also enjoyed the crunch from the almonds. Will definitely make this again - it was delicious and pleasing to the eye as well. It may not be quite as pretty, but will probably cut the green beans next go round to make them easier to serve.
Had high expectations but don't think this recipe measured up. I found this too sweet (but that could just be a personal preference), and the white balsamic vinegar turned the green beans brownish, not too appealing to the eye. My husband liked it, so that's why it's getting 3 stars. If I were to make again, I'd cut the brown sugar in half.
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