Maple Green Beans with Pecans and Bacon
Green Bean Casserole is a standard addition to almost every family’s Thanksgiving and Christmas menus.
Many people love the “traditional” green bean casserole recipe that uses canned beans, cream of mushroom soup and French’s crispy onions. And some people prefer to serve a variation of that recipe using fresh green beans.
Consider this stand-out green bean recipe from Carlsbad Cravings. It’s got a tangy, honey Dijon vinaigrette, crispy bacon and pecans, and a sprinkling of feta cheese for extra layers of flavor. It’ll make a delicious addition to turkey, prime rib, ham or pork loin.
Ingredients for Maple Green Beans with Pecans and Bacon
1 1/2 lbs. fresh green beans, trimmed
8 slices bacon, crumbled or taste
2 tablespoons butter
1 shallot, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
dash of red pepper
Dijon Maple Sauce
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup caramelized pecans, chopped or to taste
1/4 cup Feta cheese or to taste
In a small bowl, mix together the Dijon Maple Sauce ingredients. Set aside.
Blanch green beans in a large stock pot of salted boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain and transfer beans to a large bowl of ice water.
Melt butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Add shallots, garlic and red pepper flakes and saute for 1 minute. Add beans and Dijon Maple Sauce and continue to saute until beans are evenly coated in the sauce and beans and cooked to desired crisp-tenderness.
Taste and season with additional red pepper flakes and freshly cracked salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with caramelized pecans, bacon and Feta.