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Ultimate Green Beans

Rated as 4.6 out of 5 Stars

"Tired of green bean casserole? Try this fresh green bean dish that is worthy of the holidays! When I make this at Thanksgiving I double or triple it depending on the number of people coming."
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50 m servings 105
Original recipe yields 5 servings


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  1. Cook the bacon in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate; return the skillet with the reserved bacon grease to the stove.
  2. Cook the onion in the bacon drippings until soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the green beans and red pepper flakes; cook another 2 minutes. Pour the boiling water into the skillet and cover the skillet immediately; steam for about 15 minutes, shaking the skillet occasionally to keep the beans from sticking to the bottom. Add the butter, lemon juice, salt, and pepper; cook and stir until the butter is melted, 3 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle the cooked bacon over the beans to serve.


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Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 105 calories; 7.5 7.8 3.1 14 116 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Wow. These were really delicious and so easy to prepare. Next time I will probably omit the butter as it didn’t really add to the taste but it did add to the calories.

Most helpful critical review

Very ok. Can't put my finger on what was missing. Just...nothing special.

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Wow. These were really delicious and so easy to prepare. Next time I will probably omit the butter as it didn’t really add to the taste but it did add to the calories.

Note: The 2 slices of bacon is a typo, it was originally 2 ounces of slab bacon (although I have used sliced bacon with equally god results as well). Thanks for the reviews!

What a fabulous recipe!!! Made these several times and there were no left overs. On one occasion I omitted the bacon and they were just as delicious without it. A delicious recipe for green b...

I only made half a recipe since it was just for Hubs and me, so it didn't require 15 minutes to cook the beans until crisp/tender and for them to retain their brilliant color. Bacon makes any v...

I made this today with fresh picked green beans. I used pork sausage pattie grease instead of bacon and chicken broth instead of water. It was so fun to make and delicious! I will definately mak...

My go-to green bean recipe for nice dinners or when we have people over. The trick is not to overcook!

I made this for a work Christmas party and it was very well recieved--enough that I didn't get to sample it myself! I heard varying comments on the spice, from "just enough kick" to "too spicy f...

I have been making this recipe for a long time, but an easier way is to cook the bacon with the onions, dry on paper towel, save til later. Steam the fresh green beans with garlic salt and pepp...

Excellant! I did leave out the butter to make it a bit healthier. One note I will say, if you use frozen "fresh" beans (like those you've frozen out the garden) you do not need nearly the boil...