Step up your boring side dishes with these outstanding roasted green beans with bacon with an exceptional sauce. Ultra easy from fresh or frozen beans, this will be a family staple.
I'm always looking for great veggie side dishes. Readers of this blog know I have veggies issues. We are more of a meatassorous household. So a recipe topped with bacon has obvious appeal.
My wife came up with this inspiration piece, Smothered Green Beans at Plain Chicken. Now, I'm sure Stephanie at Plain Chicken would not even recognize it as coming from her inspiration.
I did keep the bacon. I went with frozen, but fresh will work, not canned beans. I changed ratios, more butter, less soy. And I greatly changed the size. But the flavor idea is the same.
My wife (the queen of all meatassorouses) gave it a 5 with the frozen beans. Her cousin had three servings. I think it is a high 4 to low five.
The Green Beans
We use frozen whole beans all the time and fresh beans when they look good. The original recipe was for canned green beans. We gave up on canned beans years ago due to texture issues.
The frozen beans are generally blanched some but not otherwise cooked. They will keep a good color, and the texture here is just fine. Use only whole green beans and not French or cut beans. Neither will give good results.
Fresh beans will work fine, but color may not be as nice since we do not take the time to blanch. While reasonable fresh vegetables are available year-round, the peak season is June through September, and local fresh will be best.
If using fresh beans, then look for the vibrant green color, smooth skin without seed swells. They should be firm with no wrinkles and also firm.
Preheat oven to 375° convection or 400° conventional.
Cut 3-4 pieces of bacon into pieces and fry. Stop just before crispy and drain on a paper towel.
Melt 2 tablespoons salted butter in a microwave. Add 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, and ½ teaspoon garlic powder.
Add one pound green beans to an 8 by 8 baking dish. Spread the bacon over the beans. Drizzle the liquid over the dish.
Bake, until beans are tender and thinner beans are browning. About 20-25 minutes for fresh beans or 35-40 minutes for frozen whole beans.
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