Thursday, July 24, 2014

Maple Bacon Green Beans with Slivered Almonds

Hubby said these were good however kind of bland.  It might be because I used turkey bacon...

A big bag of green beans.. picked fresh
Several (maybe 4-5) pieces of maple flavored bacon
A handful of diced onion
A handful of sliced almonds
Flaked sea salt, large restaurant pepper, garlic powder

Cut the bacon into "lardons" - about 1/2 inch pieces
Cut the onions into a small dice
Find a kid to snap your beans - the size doesn't really matter
Start a pot of water to boil for the beans.
Once boiling, add the beans until they are about 90% done.
Drain the beans when they reach this point.
While the beans are boiling, saute the bacon over medium-high heat until about 3/4 done.
It's important that you do NOT put the onions in with the bacon at the beginning.  (If you do, the water in the onions will prevent the bacon from browning and crisping properly.)
Once the bacon is almost crisp, add the onions.
Saute the onions with the bacon until soft and translucent.
Add the drained (blanched) green beans to the crisped  bacon and onions.
Adjust seasonings by adding salt, pepper, garlic powder and slivered almonds.
Stir the beans into the bacon mixture to ensure that a little of the maple bacon grease has coated all of the beans.
Cook for maybe a couple of minutes more for the flavors to incorporate, then remove from heat.
The beans should still be firm, not mushy, salty, maple'y, peppery, crunchy from the bacon and almonds, sweet from the tender onions

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