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bean salad with bacon

★★★★★ 1
a recipe by
Kevin Graham
Meridian, ID

Every year I plant beans in the garden because it's an endless supply of fresh veggies. But when you have so many it gets to the point of needing new and interesting ways to cook them. If growing your own beans, like me, then grab yourself as many colours as you can find from your garden. I makes it look awesome.

★★★★★ 1
serves 6-8
prep time 20 Min
cook time 30 Min

Ingredients For bean salad with bacon

  • 1 bunch
    green beans, fresh
  • 1 bunch
    yellow beans, fresh
  • 1 bunch
    purple beans, fresh
  • 1 pkg
    bacon, frozen
  • 4 Tbsp
    butter, unsalted

How To Make bean salad with bacon

  • 1
    Start with the frozen bacon - I use frozen because it is a little hard to chop thawed bacon into 1 inch squares. Give good sized Chucks of thick cut bacon in 1 x 1 bits. Don't worry that its frozen.
  • 2
    In a large stock pot over medium heat - toss in all the bacon, and start cooking it down. Have no fear of burning the bacon or over cooking it, using frozen helps with this as well. You're looking for Cooked bacon chunks, not bacon crumbles. Leave all bacon and drippings in pan.
  • 3
    While cooking the Bacon start breaking down your beans. I like to snap off both ends, and leave them whole. If you need to cook this a little faster you can break them down into one inch sections of beans(just be careful they don't start falling apart!).
  • 4
    Put half of the butter into the pan and add the assorted beans. At this point you can add a little water to the mix just to get some extra steam going in the pan and help cook your beans.
  • 5
    If you've cooked with bean before then you might know what to look for, but otherwise, Beans will turn a much Brighter color when they are cooked, but still have that nice texture. After that point they will start turning darker and softer. So this is where it is left up to the Chef. I like mine to have a bit of that nice texture so they're not falling apart when I try to load up my fork.
  • 6
    When cooked to desired texture add remaining butter, and mix with beans to give a fresh coating. Your bacon should be just about to start falling apart at this point.
  • 7
    MIX IT UP! This is just the basics, I've done this with added minced Garlic, fresh pepper corns, used chicken broth or beef broth, and even added Asparagus to the mix. It's a great side to any meal.

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