Friday, October 6, 2017

Green Foods + Balsamic Green Beans with Garlic & Bacon #7Days7ColorsChallenge


I am woefully tardy on my posts for the #7Days7ColorsChallenge! You can read more about the challenge: here. In any case, I'm playing catch-up today. Day Five was brought to you by the color green. How about...


We eat a lot of things that are green. A lot. And most of them don't even require any cooking or recipes. I love raw pea shoots and asparagus during the Spring. Green figs are a summertime favorite. And, throughout the summer, my boys eat green apples by the bushel. We love our grab-n-go green foods.


But here's another of our favorite combinations: greens with bacon!! You can't go wrong with bacon, right?
Balsamic Green Beans with Bacon

Ingredients serves 6
  • 1½ C diced bacon
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 C white onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 pounds fresh green beans, washed and trimmed
  • ½ C balsamic vinegar
  • 2 to 3 T honey
  • freshly ground salt
  • freshly ground pepper
Procedure
Blanch green beans and set aside. In a large, flat-bottom pan, heat 1 T olive oil. Sauté the bacon, onion, and garlic together until the bacon has rendered its fat but it not crisped, approximately 5 to 7 minutes.

Pour in the vinegar and whisk in the honey. Bring to a boil and cook until slightly thickened.

Toss in the green beans and stir to coat with the balsamic sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

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