Bacon. Yeh, you heard that right! BACON!!! In the green beans!!! I made these last night and I'm pretty sure my husband reached a new level of consciousness when he tried them. He said to me, "Why? Why would you ever make green beans any other way!?!" Well, OK. I guess that's approval of my new dish!
Now, I can't take credit for this recipe. I was actually on BigOven.com searching for a great new green bean recipe when I can across this one. It had onions, tomatoes, and bacon. (Holla!) So I had to give it a try!
Bacon-Lovers' Green Beans
16 oz. frozen green beans
3 strips of bacon, cooked and grease reserved
1 onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 (14.5oz) can petite diced tomatoes
Salt & Pepper, to taste
1.) Place frozen green beans in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and boil for 2-3 minutes. Drain.
2.) Fry onion and garlic in bacon reserved grease until translucent. Add tomatoes and crumbled bacon and simmer for 2 minutes.
3.) Add green beans to tomato mixture. Simmer for 1-2 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Note: Don't forget the salt! Remember, these are frozen green beans and not canned, so they don't have any seasoning. I tasted these before I added the salt and I wasn't thrilled with the taste. (I like my green beans with some salt! - I'm Southern.)
Note 2: If you like "softer" green beans, just let them simmer in the tomato mixture for longer. My hubby isn't a big fan of "crispy" green beans, so I cooked ours for several minutes longer.