I know what you're probably thinking. Green beans = healthy, boring food. NOT these. I can imagine these aren't the healthiest being all the bacon and bacon fat, BUT they are the best green beans I've ever had. I wouldn't make em without the bacon. NO WAY! The key to them being really good is getting really fresh green beans. They are always a hit, and both of my parents have requested they be at every holiday table. I always make too much so I have leftovers. =) They are that good. Promise. You have to try them!
- 1/8 pound slab bacon, diced
- 1/2 onion, minced - I use regular ole yellow/Vidalia.
- 1 pound green beans, trimmed - I snap the ends off.
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes - More or less for your taste, but this much does make it kinda spicy.
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/2 Tbsp white vinegar
- Freshly ground pepper
1. In a large deep skillet, cook the bacon over moderate heat, stirring, until golden. Transfer the bacon with a slotted spoon to a plate.
2. Add the onion to the skillet, and cook, stirring, until softened.
3. Add the beans, pepper flakes, and salt; saute over moderately high heat, stirring, for 2 minutes.
4. Add the boiling water and cover the skillet immediately. Steam the beans, shaking the skillet occasionally, for 15 minutes, or until just tender.
5. Add the butter, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Toss until combined.
6. Sprinkle with the bacon, and serve.
Recipe Source: Georgia Downard via FoodNetwork.com