Easy Bacon-Fried Green Beans
Green beans have never been my favorite thing in the world, but I’m convinced that cooking things in bacon drippings will make just about anything at least somewhat tasty. Luckily, bacon-fried green beans are just a little more than tasty.
Ok, a lot more.
This is actually a super old recipe that I rewrote and rephotographed. I figured that some of you might actually want measurements instead of “handfuls” and “a little of this”.
Notice how he’s not grabbing a green bean? He ate like 2-3 green beans and then most of the bacon. I can’t say I blame him. That’s why if you’re making bacon-fried green beans you need to make extra bacon.
Actually, make extra bacon when you make ANY recipes that call for bacon because you kids will wander in and swipe some off the counter where it’s cooling off. And then you’ll shoo them out. And then they’ll come back with their sneaky fingers.
Kids, man. Just cook the entire package, mmmkay?
By the way, this would be a great Thanksgiving side dish because once you get the bacon cooked (which you can do ahead of time) and it takes just a few minutes to fry up the green beans. We’re talking about pan-frying here and not bubbling away in two inches of grease.
Do you need to blanch the green beans first?
For this recipe, no. It’s not needed. They cook quickly enough that you don’t need to. And if you shocked them in cool water to stop the cooking, it would wash all of the bacon drippings off. The bacon drippings are the main flavor booster here. So, don’t do it.
Plus any time I can avoid bring a pot of water to boil on the stove (and washing it afterward) is a plus for me.
Do these green beans reheat well?
Sure! I’d recommend throwing them back into a skillet. They should have enough cooking fat on them that you don’t need to add anymore. Just heat them gently until they’re barely reheated. If you cook them too long the green beans won’t be so green anymore.
While we’re on the topic of green beans, you should really try this recipe, too…
The Most Magical Sauteed Green Beans — This recipe only has a few ingredients, too, and my kids love these, too! (They’re particular about green beans.)
I mean, it’s hard to imagine green beans more magical than ones that have bacon. It might be a toss up. They’re that go