Friday, December 09, 2011

Bacon Green Beans

Thanksgiving 2011

For Thanksgiving, we decided to make use of the green beans that the hubby canned this summer. (I was studying, so he got to have all the fun. : P ) A bit of searching brought up this recipe which sounded tasty. I know it looks like a weird mush in the picture but the flavor was really good!

Makes: 4-6 servings

2 pints canned green beans
1/4 cup onion
1/4 cup bacon
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
1 garlic clove
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2-3 tsp flour

COOK bacon

DICE onion and bacon
MINCE garlic or PRESS in garlic press

ADD all ingredients except the green beans to a medium saucepan
COOK until onions are translucent (about 10 minutes)
ADD flour, 1/2 tsp at a time, while STIRRING to thicken
ADD green beans
HEAT until green beans are warm (1-2 minutes)


My Thoughts
1. Having never cooked with canned green beans before (not even store bought) I didn't think about the fact that they would already be soft and squishy. Which is why I threw them in the saucepan with everything else, at the beginning of the cooking. And ended up with green bean mush. The recipe above has been modified to reflect this.

2. Having 1/4 cup of broth meant that the green beans were pretty liquidy, since we already had butter, I added some flour to thicken it and ended up with a creamy sauce. If you prefer not having a creamy sauce, cut down the broth to 1-2 tbsp and remove the flour.

3. The original recipe called for fresh green beans, this would be FANTASTIC with fresh green beans. The reason we chose canned was because we had some on hand. In the summer though? We'll be back to this with fresh ones!

4. The flavor was great, the texture (as noted above) was a bit mushy, but still edible.

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