There is a saying that bacon makes everything better, and I have to admit that I can see why this adage was born. Bacon is crunchy, salty, smoky and sometimes even a little sweet, so it can add a huge pop of flavor to any dish. It's great to have an ingredient in your culinary arsenal that can bring so much to the table with so little effort.
That's the beauty of these braised green beans. As the fat slowly renders from the bacon, it coats the green beans as they cook through and sweeten while staying slightly crisp. The resulting dish is so much more than each ingredient provides on its own.
Fortunately, this magic requires little effort on your part. The prep is minimal, and though the cooking time is generous (up to an hour and 15 minutes), you only need to check on this dish three times before it's ready to serve.
Serves 4 to 6
Crisp-tender and sweet green beans are even better cooked in bacon fat and served with crunchy, salty bacon bits. Keep in mind that anything cooked with bacon fat is best served warm.
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