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8/5/2015 12:32 PM grooming • 0 Comments

Garlic Green Beans

Like every kid growing up, I had a hard time swallowing my veggies. My first exposure to really bad string beans was in the 4th grade when I was having lunch in the school cafeteria. I am not sure how they make them now, but back then I swear they dumped the string beans in water and salt and they served them to us innocent children. Fast forward to today and I am telling you man, veggies made with some love and creativity can taste darn good. Have fun with this string bean recipe and if you are one of my beautiful friends who don’t eat pork, then make it without the bacon and it will be just as good. 

 

 

String Beans

  • 1 1/2 pounds French string beans (haricots vets), both ends removed
  • Kosher salt
  • 1-cup pancetta bacon chopped into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1-tablespoon good olive oil
  • 3 table spoons of white wine vinegar
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Freshly ground black pepper



1. Heat the olive oil in a very large sauté pan over medium heat.
 
 

2. Cook the bacon until crisp, about 5 minutes.
 

3. Remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Spoon off the excess bacon grease, leaving 2 tablespoons in the pan.
  



4. Add the garlic for 1 to 2 minutes.
 

5. Next, add the string beans, tossing occasionally, or using a spatula 5 to 7 minutes.
 

6. Add the white wine vinegar and allow the string beans to cook for another 3 minutes.

 
 

8. Return the bacon back in the pan and cook for another 3 minutes.

 

9. Remove string beans from the heat, pour in a small mixing bowl, pour in lemon juice, season with salt and pepper and toss.

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