Friday, July 4, 2014

Fresh Green Beans with Onion, Garlic, Soy Sauce... and a little bacon fat

It's fresh string bean season folks! These beauties came from a 20¢ pack of seeds I tossed in the yard and after making these Pan Steamed Fresh String Beans I look forward to picking some more! I started with a Pioneer Woman recipe, my little twist is adding soy sauce instead of salt, that really added another layer of flavor. Trust me, you'll want to try to get a little bit of everything on each yummy fork full:@) 
The idea is to reduce the stock/broth so you end up with a nice caramelized coating on the beans-oh Momma!

Fresh Green Beans-adapted from The Pioneer Woman
1 lb green beans, washed and ends snipped off
2 Tblsp bacon fat (can sub 1 Tblsp butter and 1 Tblsp olive oil)
2 cloves garlic
1 C onion, chopped-I left mine in long slivers
1 C chicken broth or stock
1/2 C red bell pepper, chopped
S&P to taste-or omit the salt and add 1 tsp soy sauce while cooking, then stir in another tsp before serving
  1. Add bacon fat, onion and garlic to a heated skillet. Stir for minute or so. I let my onion cook for a bit then added the garlic.
  2. Add the beans and cook for a couple minutes, until they get bright green. 
  3. Add the stock, bell pepper and S&P (or 1 tsp soy sauce if using). Turn the heat to low and cover with a lid but leave it cracked to allow steam to escape. Cook for about 20-30 minutes or until liquid evaporates and the beans are tender. I suggest setting a timer for about 12 minutes, look at them and leave the lid off if there's still a lot of liquid. I even turned the heat up to boil it off.
  4. If using soy sauce stir in the last 1 tsp once the beans are done.
Happy 4th of July everyone!
Eat well, stay safe and play nice:@)

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  1. i love green beens, raw or cooked, but i laughed at your 'and a little...' :)

  2. You had me at bacon fat. Yum!


  3. Oh Momma is right...these beans look fabulous, Lynn!
    I heard you have rain today. I guess that'll mean grilling and fireworks tomorrow? I know you're enjoying the day off any way. Happy 4th to you!

  4. I've got to get some green beans. This looks too good for words

  5. Oh yum, I love green beans and I am going to try this. Sounds and looks so good.
    Happy 4th of July.

  6. I think I'll try it this way tonight for supper. They look delicious. Of course, I'm one who thinks red pepper and a little onion can make anything just a little better. (OK maybe not not chocolate cake )

  7. Fresh green beans have been showing up at our farmer's markets and we had Kentucky Blue Wonders a couple of times last week. Love the idea of using the soy sauce. I agree it adds another nice flavor layer.

  8. Yum! So making these soon! Hope summer is going well by you. xo

  9. Love that beautiful glaze from the soy and stock on your beans Lynn! Hope your 4th was delicious :)

  10. Good ole bacon fat, I used to keep a tin of it on hand for cooking~ this is my kind of recipe Lynn, I love simply dressed fresh green beans~this will be appearing on our table asap!


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