Thursday, November 25, 2010

Balsamic Green Beans

This year I decided to try adding my favorite way to saute onions and mushrooms with the green beans and I'm glad I did!

8 slices of bacon
2 lbs. green beans
1 onion, diced
several Tbls.-1/4 cup good Balsamic Vinegar
3 Tbl. brown sugar
Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
sliced almonds

Cut bacon into small 1" pieces and put in a medium size stock pot.  Add diced onions.  Cook on medium-high heat until bacon is cooked through and onions are almost translucent.  Add approx. 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar and cover.  The liquid will help cook the onions.  Put lid on.  Check often as you do not want the onions to burn, then it becomes bitter.  When onions are translucent remove lid and add remaining balsamic vinegar and brown sugar, salt & fresh ground pepper to taste.  Cook on low until liquid is reduced by half. 

Trim ends of green beans and cut in half, into bite size pieces.  Rinse well and steam in microwave cooker until fork tender but still bright green(about 6 minutes).  Drain beans.  Add mixture to onion/bacon mixture and toss to coat well.  Add sliced almonds and mix well.

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