Learn how to make the most amazing tender braised green beans with bacon!
So….bacon, am I right? I mean seriously guys, name me something that is not better with bacon? I mean, we even love it in chocolate! At least I do. And you should too. If you’re a true bacon lover. As anyone should be.
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As far as vegetables go, green beans are one of the most versatile, in my opinion. I love them. They are great raw, cooked with a bit a crunch, or braised to melt in your mouth perfection. These tender braised green beans with bacon fall somewhere in the middle. Braised until tender, they retain just a touch of crispness. Just enough so they are not mush. Don’t get me wrong, I am not opposed to vegetables that are a little mushy, IF it’s done right. But these are not that. These are perfection. Exaggeration? Maybe. Try them, find out for yourself.
If you’re starting to ponder those holiday potlucks, Thanksgiving dinner, or any other holiday meal gathering, these tender braised green beans with bacon are perfect. They are super simple to make, and don’t take much time.
We start by cooking our bacon. Now, we want the bacon to be nice and crisp. Otherwise it will become a mushy, fatty mess in our green beans. YUCK. Crispy bacon is better for this dish! Drain the bacon on paper towels and crumble into pieces. Reserve 1 tbsp. bacon fat for cooking the beans.
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Heat the bacon grease in a covered skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until soft. Then add the green beans and bacon and cook, covered, for about 3-5 minutes. Add the beef broth, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the broth is absorbed. Then add the cream and cook, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes, or until cream has reduced to a thickened sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Presto! You’ve got yourself some magic beans! (Not really magic, but you know)
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