Sauteed French Green Beans with Shallots and Bacon

Green Beans are a Thanksgiving Tradition!  Some years I have made the traditional Green Bean Casserole with french fried onions but this year we’re skipping the casserole and substituting fresh Sauteed French Green Beans with Shallots and Bacon.

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I wanted something really fresh tasting to go with my homemade Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes, Make-Ahead Stuffing and our Deep Fried Turkey, so I decided on some French Green Beans.

The fancy word for French Green Beans is Hericot Verts. (You may have seen them on a restaurant menu.) French Green Beans are skinnier than regular fresh green beans and in my opinion, more delicious. (Not to mention more expensive!)

You can blanch the beans a day or two in advance, as well as cook the bacon and chop the shallots and garlic. That means on Thanksgiving all you have to do is saute the garlic and shallots, add the beans, then mushrooms and top with bacon crumbles!

Sauteed French Green Beans with Shallots and Bacon Cook Faster than Regular Green Beans

If you can’t find French Green Beans or don’t want to spend the money on them, you could substitute regular fresh green beans but keep in mind they will take slightly longer to cook than Sauteed French Green Beans with Shallots and Bacon and you’ll also need to snap off the ends.  No Fun!

What is your favorite Green Bean recipe?  Do you have your own version of the traditional Green Bean Casserole?   Please share it in comments below!

 

 
Sauteed French Green Beans with Shallots and Bacon

Sauteed French Green Beans with Shallots and Bacon

Ingredients

  • Two Pounds French Green Beans, trimmed
  • 4 slices Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Large Shallot, Chopped
  • 1 Pound Fresh Sliced Mushrooms
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 or 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Instructions

  • Blanch beans for about two minutes in boiling water, then drain and submerge in a bowl of ice water.
  • If water gets too hot, re-submerge them in another bowl of ice water.
  • Heat olive oil and butter over medium heat in a skillet.
  • Add shallots and cook for about one minute.
  • Add garlic and cook for about 2 minutes until softened..
  • Stir in mushrooms
  • Add beans and cook a few minutes till warmed through but still a bit crunchy.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Top with bacon crumbles.
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