When I think of green beans during the Holiday season, I always think of that green bean casserole with the cream-of-whatever soup with the crispy french fried onions on top. Besides green beans and onions, you also get a good dose of GMOs and MSG. Yum.
This year, why don't you make over your green bean casserole with a dish that has only four wholesome ingredients. Jenny, over at Nourished Kitchen, shared a delicious recipe from her Real Food for the Holidays workshop. I love both the simplicity of this dish as well as the explosions of flavor! I am confident that you will receive rave reviews when you serve this to your family.
- 1 pound fresh green beans (trimmed with strings removed)
- 1 tbsp lard, bacon fat or clarified butter
- 4 ounces pasture-raised bacon
- 4 shallots (peeled and thinly sliced)
- Place trimmed green beans in a steamer basket over rapidly boiling water and steam until their color becomes vibrantly green and their texture becomes tender without becoming too soft, about seven to ten minutes.
- In a separate pan, preferably a cast iron skillet, heat lard, bacon fat or clarified butter over a medium flame until melted and sizzling.
- Add four ounces pasture-raised bacon to the sizzling fat, and fry until fragrant, brown and crispy. Set the bacon aside, but reserve the fat.
- Toss thinly sliced shallots into the hot fat, and fry until well-caramelized with a deep, but subtly smoky fragrance – about four or five minutes. Set aside.
- Add steamed green beans to the hot fat and fry for a minute or two until they’re heated through and well-coated with bacon fat. Remove from heat and plate.
- Crumble bacon and caramelized shallots over the green beans and serve hot.