Make this delicious side dish: garlic green beans sauteed with crispy diced bacon and crumbled feta cheese.
Green beans can be absolutely delicious when cooked properly. Here I prepare them with diced bacon and shallots, which are pan-fried until crispy and irresistible. Add in generous amounts of sauteed minced garlic, tossing the green beans with bacon drippings, and this easily becomes the best green beans dish you’ve ever had. I also top the finished dish with crumbled feta cheese, which makes for a gorgeous presentation. I can prep and cook everything in under 30 minutes, with only five ingredients total, so this recipe is not only fast but really easy and simple. These garlic green beans are perfect as dinner for two, a side dish for a family, or as a staple come holiday season when Thanksgiving rolls around.
Much of my recipe inspiration comes from in-season produce and other finds at the market. I also often check out vegetable seasonality charts to get an idea of what I can expect to find at the grocery store. Green beans are in season during the summer months from June through September, and although they are available year round, fresh ones are much more satisfying. Make sure you don’t buy canned green beans, which are a totally different beast compared to the crispness of fresh green beans. You’ll want to buy ones that are firm and snap easily, with a vibrant green color.
If you are serving these garlic green beans as a side dish, there are a number of main dishes that would go well with them. Ideas that come to mind include breaded pork chops with mashed potatoes and gravy, baked parmesan chicken or rotisserie chicken, meatloaf, and anything with ham or turkey. I also love eating dinner portions of these garlic green beans, as they’re a great option for a low-carb meal.
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