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Green Beans with Bacon

Updated on November 20, 2013

My Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish

I've been making Green Beans with Bacon for Thanksgiving ever since I can remember or at least as long as I've been making Thanksgiving dinner. This is one dish that I would never get away with leaving out of the holiday feast without the family causing a fuss. I like to cook the green beans until very tender, however if you like crisp beans, cook them to your liking. The recipe is just the way I like it, but if you want to tweak it a little, you could add some toasted almonds, sauteed bell peppers or mushrooms and it would be quite delicious too. There probably won't be any leftovers, but if you do, this dish reheats very nicely the next day.

Serving Size

Serves: 10-12


  • 2 lbs. green beans, washed and trimmed
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 4 shallots, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cover green beans with water in a 3 qt. saucepan or dutch oven.
  2. Bring to a boil and simmer until tender, drain.
  3. Meanwhile fry bacon crisp, cool and reserve 2 tbls. bacon grease.
  4. Crumble bacon and set aside.
  5. In the same saucepan, add bacon grease and sauté shallots until soft.
  6. Add in green beans, and bacon.
  7. Continue cooking until dish is heated through.
  8. Season with salt and pepper.
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    • Mickie Gee profile image

      Mickie Goad 

      5 years ago

      Yes, I love green beans with bacon--I put bacon in a lot of dishes and usually cook the whole package and freeze the cooked slices to use whenever I desire! (Yes, I have a page about "the best way to cook bacon"!) Your recipe looks so easy and I love the fact that you use fresh green beans.

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      5 years ago

      how delicious, i want to have a test !

    • Shell Mayers profile image

      Shell Mayers 

      5 years ago

      sounds absolutely delicious !

    • Margaret Schindel profile image

      Margaret Schindel 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Bacon is one of the major food groups, right? ;) Bacon makes everything taste better, and this recipe has it all over the old, tired, green bean and mushroom casserole. Thanks so much for sharing!

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      5 years ago

      I like anything with bacon...almost anything but I definitely like green beans with bacon. Cool recipe and lens!


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