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Green Beans, Bacon and Onion

The perfect green veggie side dish. Most of the prep can be done ahead of time!
Prep Time6 mins
Cook Time24 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Green Beans Bacon Onion
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Anna


  • 12 ounces green beans, fresh or frozen
  • ¼ pound bacon slices
  • 2 Tablespoons bacon fat
  • cup diced red onion
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar


  • Cook the fresh green beans in a pot of boiling water for about 6 minutes until just tender. If using frozen green beans, then cook according to package directions.
  • Plunge into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain and set aside.
  • In a medium frying pan, cook the bacon until crispy, remove and drain on paper towels.
  • Remove all but 2 Tablespoons bacon fat from the pan. (If there isn't 2 Tablespoons then add olive oil or butter so you have the correct amount.)
  • Sauté the red onion until translucent in the bacon fat, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the green beans to the red onion mixture and sauté until heated through.
  • Put the red wine vinegar onto the beans and toss to fully incorporate.
  • Crumble the bacon and toss with the beans.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.


Gr8 Do Ahead Tips:
  1. Bacon can be cooked up to a day ahead of time. Drain and store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Refrigerate the bacon fat separately until ready to continue.
  2. The beans can also be cooked a day ahead of time, store in the refrigerator.
  3. Dice the onion the night before, too, and store in a sealable plastic bag in the refrigerator.
  4. The onion can be sautéed up to 2 hours ahead of time. Leave it in the frying pan at room temperature until ready to reheat and proceed with Step 7.
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