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Recipe: Green Beans with Onion and Bacon

This recipe for Green Beans with Onion and Bacon is from my childhood….this delicious side dish is a very popular German way to dress up green beans…. and I love it….. it’s a great accompaniment to many main dishes… and is sure to be a winner for your family and guests.

It’s a great side dish to steaks and other grilled meats… and with the grilling season in full swing, I thought it would be a good time to share this quick and easy recipe with you.


Fresh green beans are best…but you can also use frozen green beans…. while the recipe will also work with canned green beans it just doesn’t have the wonderful green bean flavor as fresh and it just doesn’t do justice to the bacon and onions.

You may want to use shallots instead of an onion… they have a wonderful light flavor and will make this dish even better.

As for quantities…. make your usual amount of green beans for the number of people… figure on about 3 thick slices of bacon and 1 small onion or 3-4 shallots for every 4servings.


Recipe: Green Beans with Onion and Bacon

All you need:

Green beans
Onion or shallots, finely diced
Thick sliced bacon, chopped

All you need to do:

Cook your green beans by either steaming fresh ones until they are cooked but still slightly crisp or cook frozen green beans (whole not French cut) according to package directions. Set aside.

In a medium skillet over medium high heat, cook the diced bacon until desired crispness (this can be up to your personal preference…. I cook mine until fairly crisp…. You may prefer very crisp and that would be fine also.

Remove the bacon from the skillet and drain on paper towels.

Remove all but about 2 tablespoons of the rendered fat from the bacon.

Add the diced onion or shallots to the skillet and cook over medium heat until translucent. Do not let the onions brown.

Add the green beans and toss to completely coat the green beans and mix the onions in.

Cook over medium heat until hot.

Add the bacon and toss to completely mix and serve.


sherri July 13, 2009 at 9:25 PM  

Love those down-home cooked dishes! Takes me back!

Donna-FFW July 13, 2009 at 10:03 PM  

Sounds so delicious and I bet it would be great with snap peas or peas also.

Monica July 14, 2009 at 5:19 AM  

I just started dressing up my green beans with bacon, I guess the next step is to add in the onion. Thanks for the recipe!


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