Holiday Green Beans
This is the perfect recipe for your Christmas ham or turkey, and a great weeknight side all around.
I have to admit, I had very low expectations for this recipe, since I am not a Pioneer Woman fan. I like her personality just fine, however, her cooking and recipes are just not my cup of tea.
She's more of a Miracle Whip gal, while I am more of a Hellman's gal, if you know what I mean.
She likes white bread, I like rye.
Would she and I be friends in the real world?
Probably not, but I certainly respect her as a person and am more than impressed that she is a household name and brand. (All from the humble beginnings of a little cooking blog out on a ranch in Oklahoma, hmmm, go figure).
It is against my cooking principles to cook FRESH green beans for 1 hour, therefore, I figured this would be a limp, grey side dish.
Not the case.
This could possibly be my new favorite green bean recipe of all time. No kidding.
A few ingredients and a big pot, that's all you need. I would triple this if I were you.
The secret is in the heat. Ree uses cayenne, but I like fire roasted tomatoes, that have a touch of chili in the mix.
Ree's Delicious Green Beans w/ Stewed Tomatoes & Bacon: (DELICIOUS and stupid easy)
2 lbs. of fresh green beans, trimmed
1 onion, chopped
8 slices of bacon, cut into pieces
14 oz. can of Muir Glen Fire Roasted Tomatoes (or a can of chopped tomatoes w/ a tsp of cayenne pepper)
salt & pepper to taste
In a large pot with a lid, cook your bacon until the fat is rendered, but not crisp.
Add the chopped onion to the bacon fat in the pot and saute a few minutes until onion is softened.
Now add the trimmed green beans and the can of chopped tomatoes.
Yes, folks, that's it.
Simmer with the lid on for 1 hour (I only simmered mine for 45 minutes, because I am a chicken!).
Season w/ salt & pepper and serve.
PS I know some of you were surprised that I did a post on food today, instead of the 2nd amendment, gun control, mental illness and the horror of this past weekend.
It's on my mind constantly these past few days, and is hard to smile and celebrate the season.
If you've noticed over the years, I never talk politics, or about social issues (gay marriage, abortion, religion). Hate it.
I respect everyone's right to their opinion, I listen and never judge.
All I ask in return is that you respect mine.
I thought maybe a little normalcy and some food might be a good thing this Monday a.m. I always try to keep it light and make you smile.
I hope you understand and are not offended that I chose not to write about it.
But I guess I just did.