Thursday, June 23, 2011

Deep South Eats: Caramelized Green Beans

The Caramelized Green Beans from Our Best Bites have been on my to-do list for quite some time. Last month I was taking food to a friend with newborn twins and knew this would be the perfect side dish. I can't wait to make this for our family as well because I got a quick taste and they were delicious!


  • 1 lb fresh green beans
  • 1/2 lb bacon, (I used center cut bacon for lower fat content)
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced (make sure this is done before you start cooking)
  • 3 - 4 cloves of garlic, minced (same as above)
  • olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoon sugar
  • 3 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Boil a large pot of water.
  • Place beans in a colander and rinse them well. Snap the ends off of the beans and then snap the beans in half. Leave colander in sink when done.
  • Mix sugar, soy sauce and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Fry bacon in large skillet. Once cooked, remove from pan, drain on paper towel, and crumble.
  • Pour bacon drippings out of pan leaving about 1 Tablespoon of drippings in the pan.
  • Add a little bit of olive oil to the drippings and heat the pan to medium-high heat.
  • Once the pan is hot, add onion and garlic and give a quick stir.
  • Add beans to boiling water and boil for one minute. You just want to blanch them, not cook through. Drain in colander. Continue stirring onion and garlic.
  • Once beans have drained add them to skillet with onion and garlic and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir the sauce that you have set aside and pour on top of beans in skillet. Continue stir-frying until beans looked glazed about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add bacon crumbles and fresh pepper to green bean mixture and continue stir-frying until sauce is sticking to green beans and bacon.
  • Transfer to serving dish and allow to cool a few minutes before serving.

Original recipe from Our Best Bites.

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  1. Rachel,
    You forgot to put garlic in the ingredients--showing 3-4 cloves minced. Did see it in the instructions however. But some people won't figure this out.

  2. Thanks Diana! It is fixed now. Shows I probably shouldn't be posting on a work burnt brain!