Great Green Beans with Bacon and Sugared Pecans

November 22, 2011

Green beans with bacon and sugared pecans is a delicious departure from your standard green bean casserole  This is a quick and easy side dish that can be prepared in just a couple of minutes (plus, who really can say no to bacon).  I love this dish on Thanksgiving with a slice of succulent roasted turkey and silky mashed potatoes.

Green Beans with Bacon and Sugared Pecans

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic
1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
 
Directions:
 
Emulsify maple syrup, olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, and garlic in a food processor or blender, and set aside.
 
Blanch green beans by boiling them for 3-5 minutes until crisp. Drain the beans immediately and transfer them to a large bowl of ice water. Wait three minutes and drain. Allow the green beans to air dry or by patting them with a paper towel.
 
Toss the beans in the dressing and top them off with the crumbled bacon and pecans. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

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