Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Green Beans with Candied Pecans and Bacon

This side dish is not meant to be healthy by any means, even though it appears to be a big bowl of green veggies.  I've always loved green beans, and usually I steam them and put them in abundantly nutritious salads like my Spinach Salad with Steamed Veggies, or my Lemon Pepper Chicken and Vegetable Salad.

Nope - not here; the soul purpose of this side dish is to be fancy and delicious! and indeed it is! I served these casually, alongside grilled steak tips one night, but they could be used to dress up any meal.

Green Beans with Candied Pecans and Bacon
recipe by Sabrina W. for eat.drink.and be merry.
yields 4 to 6 servings
1 lb green beans, washed and trimmed
1 1/2 cups whole pecans
3 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped ( I used applewood smoked from Trader Joe's)
1/3 cup agave and maple syrup blend (I found this at Trader Joe's, you could also use regular maple syrup)
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with nonstick spray. Spread out the pecans and drizzle them with syrup and toss with brown sugar until they are all completely coated. Bake for 10 minutes, watching them carefully so they don't burn.

Remove the pecans from the oven and let them cool for 10 minutes so they harden.

Steam green beans until they just start to get tender. You don't want to overcook them because they will cook more when tossed in the skillet.

In a skillet, saute chopped bacon on med to med-hi heat until they start to get crispy, about 5 minutes. Add the green beans, vinaigrette, and pecans and toss together. Remove from pan and serve. 



17 comments:

Barefeet In The Kitchen said...

Oh, YUM! Now I've craving some bacon.

Terri @ that's some good cookin' said...

Mmmmmm. I want some now!

Muriel Miller said...

Wow Girlie these look so good!!!! YUM! :)

Tina @flourtrader said...

Great way to adding some zip to green beans. Pecans and bacon would probably encourage kids to eat these too. Tasty side dish-well done!

Allison said...

These certainly look like special occasion green beans. Yum! I need to look for that agave blend.

Pecan Cracker said...

1st: Those pics have my mouth watering. I have got to try this recipe!

2nd: your blog layout is just gorgeous. But with the background being my favorite color I might just be biased.

Parsley Sage said...

My favorite kind of veggies! Naughty ones :)

Sandra said...

Well these are not your everyday green beans! How unique and great idea! I like it very much!

Erin said...

Yum!! I love green beans, this is a great change!

Val said...

If only my hand could reach through the screen I'd be one happy gal! Btw, just put you on my blog roll = )

Peggy said...

Oh my, oh my. We got some green beans in our CSA today, and I WAS going to look up various recipes - but I think I've found all I need right here with this one =)

Lindselicious said...

Bacon and green beans?! De-lish!

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum said...

Candied Pecans are so good. And with bacon? omg. You might almost forget there's something green in there!

Jennifer said...

Bookmarking! What a great change-of-pace to regular 'ol green beans! I can't wait to try this!

I love your site...now following!

Vicki Bensinger said...

I love the sound of this and your recipe for candied pecans sounds amazing and easy. I'll have to try them. I make some that I give as gifts during the holidays that I would bet these would be good for as well. You can never have too many recipes for Candied pecans. They have a million uses.

Vicki Bensinger said...

Oh yea, thanks for following my blog as well.

Pam said...

That looks so amazing! I love the flavors and textures.

 

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