Monday, August 17, 2015

Green Beans with Bacon

I want to meet the person who invented bacon because that person was a genius.  Bacon makes any meal better.

I like vegetables normally, but vegetables become extra special when you add crispy, fatty bacon.

Outside of the United States, bacon is made from the meat on the side or back of a pig.  The United States uses the belly, a fattier cut.

American bacon is cured in a salty brine and then smoked.  Other countries do not smoke their bacon.

Bacon Day, an unofficial holiday, is the saturday before Labor Day.  This holiday was created in 2000 by the residents of Bedford, Massachusetts.  

This recipe came from Taste of Home.  I used a shallot instead of an onion and added garlic and more bacon.

The ingredients are 5 bacon strips, 1 shallot, 8 cups green beans, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and 1 garlic clove.

I chopped the bacon and diced the shallot.  I cooked the bacon and shallot over medium heat for a few minutes.  I then added the garlic and continued to cook the ingredients until the bacon was crisp and the shallot brown.

While the bacon and shallot were cooking I placed the trimmed and chopped green beans in a pot with water. I brought the water to a boil and cooked the beans for eight minutes.  The beans were cooked but still crisp after eight minutes.

Once all the beans were cooked and the bacon crisp, I drained the beans and added them to the skillet with the bacon and shallot.

I added salt and pepper and stirred well.

This was a simple but delightful dish.  The flavors were smoky and savory.

The crisp beans were encased in a thin layer of aromatic bacon fat.  The bacon was succulent, and the shallot was brown and sweet.

This dish proves that simple foods and be satisfying.  I ate it with pleasure.


Ashley said...

Green beans are my favorite side dish and I eat them at least once or twice a week. Bacon makes everything better so I definitely need to try them with bacon next time!

laura said...

Bacon makes everything a little tastier and a little less healthy :)