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Picky Eater : Applewood Smoked Bacon Green Beans with Pecans

Applewood Smoked Bacon and Pecan Green Beans

Applewood Smoked Bacon and Pecan Green Beans

I grew up as the oldest of five children and the only girl.  3 of my 4 brothers despised anything green.  Even the parsley in the meatballs gave them a slight twitch.  They also didn’t care for too many vegetables (except for corn and potatoes).  It seemed like the only green thing they would eat were green beans.  They’re a few years older now and have sort of grown out of the anti-green, anti-vegetable phase.  What you cannot tell them is I started sneaking vegetables into their food when I came home from college.  Shhhh.

The boys all grown up

The boys all grown up

Still, the time for ‘sneaking’ is gone.  Vegetables are versatile, add color to a meal and can be prepared a myriad of ways.  This is a recipe I made with my picky little brothers in mind.  Even they would love these green beans. It’s comfort food, plain and simple, and would be a great addition to a Thanksgiving feast!

Applewood Smoked Bacon Green Beans with Pecans

1 lb. green beans, ends snapped, cut into 2″ pieces
5 slices applewood smoken bacon, sliced into 1/2″ strips
1/2 onion, diced
pecan halves
garlic powder (optional)
sea salt
freshly cracked black pepper

Bring a pot of water to boil.  Add green beans.  Cook 5-8 minutes, until almost cooked through.  Drain.   Meanwhile, heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat.  Add bacon.  Cook, 5 minutes, until browned.  Add onion.  Saute 4 minutes, or until softened.  Add green beans, stirring occassionally to mix with the bacon and onions, about 3 minutes.    Add pecans, garlic powder (optional), sea salt and freshly cracked pepper.  Taste green beans and adjust seasonings accordingly.

Green Beans with Pork Chop and Stuffing

Green Beans with Pork Chop and Stuffing

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