When it comes to side dishes, I’ve been quite boring. I generally stick to the basics and keep most of my attention on the main course… broccoli, green beans, a salad… but I think its about time that I start making that side dish recipe list a little bit longer.
How exactly do we go about kicking side dishes up a notch? I bet if we add some bacon and garlic (two of my favorite ingredients) to the mix it will probably come out quite edible.
Oh, let’s add a bit of butter too!
It starts off easy enough… cook up some bacon on the stove.
While your bacon is getting nice and crispy, start chopping the green beans into bite size pieces. Feel free to french cut these bad boys if you’re feeling ambitious (or can pawn it off on your sous chef), but when it comes to these tedious chores I’m all for taking the easy way out.
Don’t forget to flip your bacon once in a while!
Once you got the bacon cooked, crack open the white wine and pour two glasses (one for the recipe and one for you).
I’m not a huge white wine fan, but this Barefoot stuff is pretty good!
Remove the bacon from the stove and place it on a paper towel, drain the grease from the pan, then add some butter, olive oil, and chopped onions to the pan.
Once the onions are soft, add the garlic and continue to cook for another minute or so… then pour in the wine and simmer until reduced to about half.
Finally, we’re at the green bean stage! Add the beans, bacon, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a splash of lemon juice. Mix it up nice and let it cook until the beans are cooked to your liking (mine took about 5 minutes over medium heat).
Make sure you stir the beans around every minute or so… especially if your pan is as small as mine.
I lucked out at the store today and almost every protein was on sale. I bought a crappy sirloin steak (somewhere around $4 per pound) to go with my beans today. I don’t eat steak very often, but when I find a decent deal, I’ll usually buy it… and then wonder why I don’t buy it more often.
I’ve found that even these cheap cuts can be pretty damn tasty if you spend a little extra time preparing it the right way.
The green beans came out quite nicely… just as you would expect when you add in some bacon and butter. The recipe I was looking at called for a ridiculous amount of butter and olive oil, so I cut that in half (or more).
What are your favorite side dish recipes? I’m always looking for some new ideas!
Crispy green beans with a bit of bacon, butter, and garlic for good measure!