Bacon-Smothered Haricots Verts

23 01 2010

This side dish uses small French green beans, but your ordinary run of the mill green beans will work. It only takes about 15 minutes to prepare and the outcome…well…it does have bacon in it, it can’t be all bad!


  • 1½ pounds haricots verts or small thin green beans
  • ½ pound bacon – chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sherry vinegar


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the beans and cook for 2-3 minutes. Drain and transfer to an ice bath. Drain well.

Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp and golden, about 5 minutes.

Add the shallots and garlic to the skillet. Cook and stir for 1 minute.

Add the flour to the skillet. Cook and stir constantly for 2 minutes.

Add the stock, salt, pepper, and vinegar to the skillet. Cook and stir until thickened, about 4-5 minutes.

Add the green beans and cook until warmed through, about 2 minutes.




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