Maple Bacon Green Beans Almondine
Adapted just slightly from Menu Musings
I was talking to my sister on the phone not too long ago and she asked me if I wanted some green beans. Sure, I said, not thinking to much about it. Fresh garden produce is always a good thing, right? That conversation happened before my girl went to stay with my sister for a few days. And when I went to pick up my sweetie girl at my mom and dad’s place, they had a gargantuan bag of beans for me–from my sis. I brought them home and they’ve been taking up the entire top shelf of my fridge for a week. It was time to DO something with these green beans. I’ve looked at green bean salads and green bean casseroles, thought about pickling them but my dill isn’t ready (and besides, where would I find the time to pickle?) and then when I saw this one, it was all over. I just had to go make it, right then and there.
I didn’t have any maple bacon, but I didn’t let that stop me. I just made it with the bacon I have on hand and then added a little drizzle of maple syrup on the top. That little drizzle made this dish so absolutely perfect! Salty bacon, perfectly crisp tender beans, crunchy almonds, onions, garlic and a hint of maple sweet. Oh yes!
I thought it was kind of ironic that Menu Musings was a little embarrassed to post a green bean recipe on her blog … and on the other side of the spectrum, here I am kind of embarrassed that I HAVEN’T posted a green bean recipe on my blog–other than the crisp & spicy pickled green beans (which, incidentally, have been quite a hit lately!). Green beans were my favorite vegetable as a child! How could I have just abandoned them in adulthood? I could tell you why, but it’s a complicated story and too long for this post … I’m just happy to welcome green beans back into my life.
- About 1 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed
- 2 slices lower-fat bacon, chopped into bits
- 2 spring onions (with greens), chopped
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- A dash of garlic powder
- Red Robin Seasoning & fresh ground pepper
- 1 Tablespoon real maple syrup
- Start a bot of water boiling. Prep the green beans by trimming off the ends. Put them in the boiling water.
- In a large saute pan over medium heat, saute the bacon.until it starts to get crispy, then add the onions and saute until they are nice and soft, about 4 - 5 minutes.
- About now, the green beans should be crisp and just starting to turn tender (about 90% cooked). Use tongs to remove the beans from the water and put them in the saute pan. Add the almonds. Saute, stirring constantly, until the beans are perfectly tender. While you are saute-ing, sprinkle with garlic powder, Red Robin Seasoning and pepper.
- Put in a serving bowl and drizzle with maple syrup. Serve immediately.
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