Charred Green Beans with Herbs
This is a delicious but simple side dish which will really impress your guests. Its amazing how putting a little char on these green beans really helps intensify their flavor while the smoked bacon and herbs add a comfortable earthiness.Print Pin Rate
Servings: 6 Servings
Here's What You Need
- 1 pound fresh or frozen whole green beans
- 2 slices thick smoked bacon chopped
- 3-4 cloves garlic rough chop
Herb and Spice Blend
- ¼ teaspoon dry thyme
- ¼ teaspoon dry rosemary
- To Taste Kosher Salt and Fresh Ground Black Pepper to taste
Here's What You Do
- Cook frozen green beans as directed on package. If using fresh, steam them for about 5 minutes. Set aside.
- Chop bacon into 1" pieces and fry in a cast iron skillet or wok over medium heat until crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan and set aside, but leave the rendered bacon grease.
- Increase heat, then add garlic to the pan and saute for only a minute or so, until aromatic.
- Add herbs and spices and mix well to combine.
- Add green beans and sauté.
- Let green beans char a little before moving them around the pan. Beans are done when they are nicely charred but not burned.
Using a 10 ounce bag of frozen green beans that can be microwave-steamed in the bag is perfect for this recipe. Its also hard to beat fresh green beans, but make sure to steam or parboil them for about five minutes before using. Although they are not the best, you can use canned green beans, but make sure to drain them first-no need to precook the canned ones. You could substitute a couple of sprigs of fresh thyme and rosemary for the dried. Just tie them all together with some butcher twine and throw them in the pan.