Balsamic Bacon Green Beans is a new Thanksgiving tradition for our family. Who doesn’t have green bean casseroles on their Thanksgiving table? It’s tradition, right? It’s right up there with, Mom, apple pie, and Tom Turkey for Thanksgiving. We had it every year for Thanksgiving when I was a kid, and up until two years ago. (Yes. I’m still a kid at heart!) That was when I banished the green bean casserole from our Thanksgiving table! Imagine the horror! Not!
It happened while chatting at AllRecipes.com, when my online friend, Saveur, shared her recipe for fresh green beans with bacon, onions and garlic, all caramelized with balsamic vinegar. It sounded and looked amazing!
I adapted Saveur’s recipe slightly for our Thanksgiving dinner two years ago, and will never go back to the standard green bean casserole again. This Balsamic Bacon Green Bean dish is now expected at each Thanksgiving dinner. My whole family thanks you Saveur!
Of course, it is easy to make! Otherwise, this girl would not be making them every year. Give the Balsamic Bacon Green Beans recipe a try. See if this recipe becomes your new Thanksgiving tradition!
- 1½ pounds fresh green beans, snapped
- 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
- 6 slices bacon, roughly chopped
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- salt & freshly cracked black pepper
- In a large pot, boil several quarts of water. Add green beans and boil for 5 minutes. Drain, and set aside.
- Place a large skillet on medium heat. Add chopped bacon and cook for about 5 minutes. Drain any excess bacon drippings.
- Add chopped onions and cook for another 5 minutes or until softened. Add garlic and cook for about 1 minute.
- Add green beans and sauté for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add balsamic vinegar, cover, and reduce heat to low, and cook for another 10 minutes. The balsamic vinegar will reduce, thicken and start to caramelize the vegetables. Add salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste. Remove to a serving dish and enjoy!