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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Green Beans and Bacon

When I was a kid I could come home and know just what mom had planned for supper. The smell of what was in the pot was the reward for hard work not only at school but often in the garden as well. When it came to green beans and bacon it was a recipe that mom would cook along side her meatloaf or any meat entree. I would have to help her watch the water when I came home. You can recreate a pan of green beans and bacon following this recipe. Whether you get your greenbeans at the farmer market, grocery store, or grow them yourself they will all taste great. 

start with a lb or so of green beans. the fun part is sitting and talking with someone special as you snip the ends and snap in half the green beans. Along with the green beans you will want:

2 to 3 slices of bacon 
black pepper
1 Tbsp lemon juice or cider or red wine vinegar

Bring to boil a pot of salted water. Add the green beans and boil them for 4-5 minutes, just til tender enough to eat. Cooking time may be a bit longer depending on green bean. Drain and set aside

While water is boiling cook bacon to crisp in large saute pan set over medium heat. Remove bacon from pan using fork or slotted spoon. Drain bacon on paper towel. Using the grease from the bacon drain off 1 Tablespoon. If you have less than a Tbsp add olive oil or butter to pan.

After green beans are cooked saute in the bacon fat on medium heat 1-2 minutes. Dice the bacon and add to the pan and saute another minute. Put beans and bacon into a large serving bowl and sprinkle generously with fresh ground black pepper. Toss with lemon juice or vinegar and serve.

recipe resource here

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