Green Beans and Bacon

Denise's Test Kitchen
by Denise's Test Kitchen
6-8 Servings
35 min

Coming into Thanksgiving week, I still had not planned out my menu. I wasn't having a big gathering this year so, I wanted to keep it simple. On my Instagram @denisestestkitchen I threw out the question "what should I serve as my sides for Thanksgiving." Someone suggested that I make Green Beans and Bacon.

Green Beans and Bacon

I didn't even have a recipe for Green Beans and Bacon. So, I found this one from The Food Network Minimal ingredients and a promise of big flavor with a bit of a kick.

Thanksgiving side dish

This recipe calls for red pepper flakes along with the onions, bacon, garlic, green beans and lemon juice. I knew the red pepper flakes would give it a kick, I just didn't realize how much. I loved it! You mix that spicy with the tangy flavor of the lemon and WOW!

Add it all together

Another great thing about this recipe, it is super easy and a total time of 35 min from start to finsh.

Recipe details
  • 6-8  Servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 35 min
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  • 2 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 pound bacon, roughly chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Freshly ground pepper

Toss the green beans into a large pot of boiling salted water and cook until bright green in color and crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Drain the beans and shock in a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain the beans again and pat dry.
Cook the bacon in a large, heavy saute pan until crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Spoon off the excess bacon grease, leaving 2 tablespoons in the pan. Add the onion to the pan and saute until soft and very tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle in the garlic and red pepper flakes and saute until just fragrant, about 1 more minute. Add the reserved green beans and the pecans and cook until heated through, 5 to 6 minutes more. Return the bacon to the pan, pour in the lemon juice and toss. Season with salt and pepper.
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