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bonnie's green beans with pine nuts and bacon

Recipe by
BonniE !
Cottonwood, CA

I have been making this recipe more years than I can remember. It is an old standby company worthy recipe, and a perfect substitution for that green bean casserole for the holidays. It is a beautiful dish, so fresh and tasty, and once you try it, you will be hooked! Enjoy!

yield 4 Prep and cook time is approximate. Cook beans crisp tender ahead of time. Finish before serving.
prep time 15 Min
cook time 5 Min
method Pan Fry

Ingredients For bonnie's green beans with pine nuts and bacon

  • 12
    ounces green beans, blanched
  • 1/4 cup
    pine nuts, toasted
  • 5 slices
    bacon, crisp and crumbled
  • 1 tbs
    lemon zest
  • 1 tbs
    lemon juice
  • 1
    large clove garlic minced
  • Season
    with salt and pepper
  • 1 tbs
    bacon grease

How To Make bonnie's green beans with pine nuts and bacon

  • 1
    PREPARE I use the 12 ounce package of Birds Eye frozen tiny green beans which are just perfect for this recipe. Cook them in boiling water until crisp tender and drain. Don't overcook. You may use fresh green beans. If you do use fresh, blanch them about 3 minutes in boiling water, remove and plunge into ice water. Drain. Set aside. Toast the pine nuts in a a large dry skillet over medium heat about 3 minutes or until a light golden brown. Remove and set aside. Wash a lemon for 1 Tbs of zest and 1 Tbs lemon juice, and mince the garlic. Set aside. Fry 5 pieces of bacon crisp and drain on paper towels, then crumble and set aside. Leave one tablespoon of bacon grease in the skillet.
  • 2
    YOU ARE ALMOST THERE once the prep is done. Over medium heat, add the minced garlic to the hot skillet in the bacon grease. Stir it around for a minute until it releases its flavor, then add the green beans and just toss the beans a couple of minutes to warm them through. (don't overcook) Remove beans from heat. Add lemon juice and zest and 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts . Season with salt and pepper, and add the crumbled bacon. Toss again and serve immediately. Enjoy!