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Sautéed Green Beans with Bacon

by on Sep.23, 2014, under Yummies

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I have been slowly and methodically working to introduce more green vegetables into my family’s diet. My husband does not consider himself a fan of most dark green or leafy vegetables, with the exception of salad. He will eat a good salad, but one can only fix salad so many times in a row before I desperately craves something different.

After winning him over to the delights of  asparagus with a family recipe that was passed down to me and then to brussels sprouts by an awesome recipe for Brussels Sprout Hash from my friend Michael Nolan aka The Garden Rockstar, I thought it might be time to try green beans. Our daughter LOVES green beans from the can. It’s one of the few veggies I know I can give her that we won’t have to fight about. I’ve missed fresh green beans very much and have reveled in ordering them at restaurants when offered. I am not crazy about canned green beans, but fresh…or even better yet, straight from my mom’s garden, boy howdy!

My strategy for getting The Man to try green beans was pretty straight forward….deception. Taking a queue from the Brussels Sprout Hash recipe, my thought was that the key to his heart would be bacon. Smother the green beans in bacon grease and top with crumbled bacon. He would be helpless to resist them. And I am happy to report, it work! So well in fact, he nearly ate half the pan of beans himself and declared that I am free to make these again anytime I desire.

 

Sautéed Green Beans with Bacon
 
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Serves: 4
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb Green Beans, washed and ends snipped
  • 2-3 Slices of Bacon
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • ½ Cup Chicken Broth
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon in a Saute pan until crisp. Remove to a paper towel to drain. Do NOT remove bacon drippings from the pan.
  2. Over medium heat, add garlic to the bacon drippings and cook for approx. 1 minute until fragrant. Be cautious not to burn the garlic.
  3. Add green beans to the pan and stir to coat in the drippings. Add the chicken broth and stir to deglaze pan. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until broth evaporates, stirring every couple of minutes.
  4. After the broth is gone, cook for 1 to 2 minutes more to get just a hint of crispiness on the outsides of the beans.
  5. Remove from heat and crumble cooked bacon overtop. Stir to mix.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

 

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Seven Layer Salad

by on May.11, 2012, under Yummies

I went to a baby shower a little over a month ago, and in all my 30 years, I believe that was the first time I had even seen a seven layer salad. Maybe that just means I don’t get out enough, or that I haven’t been going to the types of pot lucks where someone makes things like this. As a veggie lover and artistic food enthusiast, this appealed to me on several levels. I freely admit I went back, not just for seconds, but for thirds. I tried to corner the girl that brought it and ask here where she got the recipe. She must have misunderstood me however, because she proceeded to try and tell me the ACTUAL recipe, ingredient by ingredient, as if my blissed-out brain could absorb it all and remember any of it for more then a split second.

Fast forward to this morning, where this recipe found it’s way into my inbox from The Cottage Journal. Not only did it have my mouth watering all over again, it contained the trifecta of ingredients that makes just about any recipe awesome – bacon, cheese, a creamy sauce (in this case dressing).

salad lettuce dressing

Seven Layer Salad
 
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Type: Side Dish
Serves: 10-12
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Ingredients
  • 5 cups chopped green leaf lettuce
  • 2 cups seeded, chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cups chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1 (12-ounce) package frozen green peas, thawed
  • 2 cups chopped radishes
  • 2 cups diced seedless cucumber
  • Seven-Layer Salad Dressing (recipe follows)
  • Garnish: shredded Cheddar cheese, crumbled cooked bacon
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh chives
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh dill
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a 3½-quart glass bowl, layer lettuce, tomatoes, bell pepper, peas, radishes, and cucumber.
  2. Top with dressing, spreading to edges to seal. Cover, and refrigerate for 4 hours to overnight. Garnish with cheese and bacon, if desired.
Notes
SEVEN-LAYER SALAD DRESSING Makes about 2 cups
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh chives
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh dill
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, chives, dill, Dijon mustard, onion powder, and pepper, stirring well.

 

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