A NEW Green Bean Casserole

November 7, 2012

I love a good casserole, but what’s more- I love a great casserole that doesn’t involve cream of something rather…

I made this as a surprise today for my sweet husband, who had to work even though everyone else in the school had off today for the election.  Bogus, I know.  BUT, when he arrived home, the sweet smell of these green beans welcomed him on in, and he knew I had thought about him a bit extra today.

This is my Aunt Mary Beth’s green bean recipe, and it is a CROWD PLEASER all the way.  It’s a little tangy, a little naughty, and easy as hell to throw together.  What’s not to love, right?

Green Bean Casserole
(Serves 6)

You’ll Need:

2 cans of french cut green beans
1 medium onion, cut in half, then sliced in “rainbows”
8 strips of thick cut bacon
1/2 cup slivered almonds
6 tbsp vinegar
6 tbsp sugar ( I always use brown sugar, but it doesn’t matter)

*editor’s note- I usually double this recipe w/ 4 cans of beans, 2 onions, a whole pack of bacon.. 1/3 cup vinegar and 1/3 cup sugar.  It’s so good and goes so quick that it almost requires that you make that much. Honestly.*

Cut up your bacon strips with some kitchen shears and fry it up in a high sided skillet- SAVE THE DRIPPINGS!! 

While that’s groovin’ along, drain your beans and put them in a casserole dish and top with your onions.  

Add in your bacon pieces that you gathered out of the bacon drippings, and then top it all with the slivered almonds.

*Editor’s note again- I throw this all in a crockpot.  I am my mother’s daughter, after all… and I know a perfectly good crockpot opportunity when I see one!*

Anyway- Then, you add your vinegar and sugar to the bacon drippings and heat it for a few minutes.  Once it’s heated and you’ve gotten all those lovely brown bits up from your skillet, pour that loveliness all over your beans, onions, and bacon-  You can just HEAR Julia Child squeal with glee, can’t you?! 

OR if you’re doing the crock pot, pour the drippings, vinegar, sugar mixture in and give everything a good old stir.  Set it to low for 6-8 hours, or high for 4.  Good stuff.

IF you’re cooking it, it goes into the oven for 45 minutes at 350. 

*one last note, I swear-  If you are going the oven route, it tastes better if they are allowed to marinate for a few hours before you put them in the oven.  Just sayin’ *

Until Next Time…
Happy Eating,
J

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