Sauté lightly steamed green beans and top with chopped bacon and green onions for a simple and savory side dish.
1 3/4 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
1/4 cup water
8 bacon slices, chopped
5 green onions (white bottoms and light green parts of tops only), chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
How to Make It
Place beans and 1/4 cup water in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, and pierce plastic wrap with a fork. Microwave at HIGH 4 to 7 minutes or until crisp-tender. Plunge green beans into ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain well, and set aside.
Cook chopped bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in a small bowl. Discard remaining drippings. Wipe skillet clean with a paper towel.
Sauté green onions in skillet in hot reserved drippings over medium-high heat 1 minute. Stir in green beans, salt, and pepper; sauté 2 to 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in bacon.
Kitchen Express: Substitute 2 (12-ounce) packages ready-to-eat trimmed fresh green beans for the fresh green beans, omitting water. Pierce bags with a fork and microwave at HIGH 4 to 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Proceed with recipe as directed.
Green beans and bacon? What's not to like? I did not wipe out the pan as directed, just poured off the excess bacon fat leaving the recommended amount. What is nice about this recipe is that you can have everything ready in advance and then just put it all together a few minutes before service.
This recipe is pretty good, and I usually don't eat a lot of green beans. Microwaving the beans made it really quick!! I am not a heavy salt person so 1/2 tsp was too much for taste. Probably a light pinch would suffice. I will definitely make this again.
These were great...very fresh and tasty. I did steam in microwave using a ceramic dish w/glass lid and had to cook 11 min. Then, it sat in dish, while I was preparing others things, before I continued in pan with bacon. I did not blanche in cold water, I wanted them to keep warm. Turned out perfectly!
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