Green Beans with Bacon

Green Beans with Bacon
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We call these Uncle Paul's green beans although I am not sure why since it was Aunt Sandra that actually made them. Uncle Paul grew the beans and taught the kids how to pick them. This is how my kids learned to love green beans. These are required to appear on the table at every family gathering.
Servings Prep Time
8 15minutes
Cook Time
15minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 15minutes
Cook Time
15minutes
Green Beans with Bacon
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We call these Uncle Paul's green beans although I am not sure why since it was Aunt Sandra that actually made them. Uncle Paul grew the beans and taught the kids how to pick them. This is how my kids learned to love green beans. These are required to appear on the table at every family gathering.
Servings Prep Time
8 15minutes
Cook Time
15minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 15minutes
Cook Time
15minutes
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. If using fresh green beans, trim stem end and snap into desired size.
  2. Cut partially frozen bacon into small pieces. Place bacon into a large skillet and cook over medium heat. Stir and separate the bacon as it cooks. Once the bacon is crispy, remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Set aside.
  3. Drain all but about 1 tablespoon of bacon grease from the skillet, leaving the 'fond' (the brown bacon goodness) in the pan. Reserve bacon grease for another use, if desired.
  4. Add the diced onion to the skillet and cook until the onion is soft and starting to brown. Add about 1/4 cup water to the skillet and using a spatula scrape the bottom of the skillet to release any bits stuck to the bottom.
  5. Add the green beans to the pan, season lightly with course salt. Add remaining water, cover and cook over medium heat until the beans are tender. Stir once or twice while cooking, add additional water if the pan seems too dry to steam the beans.
  6. Once the beans are tender, drain. (Reserve cooking liquid. to add to the gravy.) Place beans in serving dish and sprinkle with the crisp bacon.
Recipe Notes

* Partially freezing the bacon makes it very easy to cut. After spending hours trimming and cleaning about 6 pounds of green beans for a holiday gathering I decided to use the organic frozen green beans from Costco. So much easier and once cooked nobody knows the difference. As for the amount of bacon, obviously you can use more if desired.

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Each morning my granddaughter Sarah calls to ask, "Watcha doing, Nana? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my "name" Baking Nana. I am a mother to three wonderful children and a grandmother to 12 very hungry grandkids. I don't bake fancy cakes but I do make wonderful yeast bread and home cooked meals made with love.

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