Saturday, November 17, 2012

Green Beans and Bacon with Browned Butter

My youngest daughter has an Easy Bake Oven. She loves it and decided to bake something for us. It doesn't matter what the packet says she tries to place it in the oven like frosting. I'm just glad she asks me right before cooking it. I'm not sure how good baked frosting taste. She did finally find a cake packet to bake. When it came out, she offered all of us a piece. I kindly thanked her but I was full. My husband and son said sure. They both took a bite and left the room. They came and right after they whispered to me that it tasted awful. She hollers, "So, what do you think?" My two guys in unison holler back, "You did awesome!" (while making a face I may add.) I did think it was very sweet of them that they didn't want to hurt her feelings. I did notice they didn't finish their piece.  After they left, my daughter did come in and told me quietly that she didn't like it but she'll try another one later. I told her that she should. When I think back to when I was a kid and had an Easy Bake Oven, I don't really remember eating a lot of them but I just like to bake in it. 
I usually like my green beans plain. For Thanksgiving, we always have green bean casserole but I like to try out new recipes before I decide to make it on Thanksgiving. The kids really liked this recipe with bacon and brown butter. How could they not? I think they would elect to eat their green beans this way everyday.
Green Beans and Bacon with Browned Butter
2 lb. green beans, trimmed
4 oz. bacon
2 shallots, thinly sliced
4 Tbsp butter
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. In a large saucepan, add the green beans to boiling, salted water.
  2. Cover and cook the green beans for 4 to 7 minutes. The green beans should be crisp tender.
  3. Drain and set aside the green beans.
  4. In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp.
  5. Remove the bacon and place on a paper towel lined plate. Set aside.
  6. In the skillet, reduce the heat to medium low.
  7. Add the shallots and cook for 4 minutes or until just beginning to crisp. Stir frequently. Remove the shallots onto the same plate with the bacon.
  8. Season to taste with salt.
  9. To the skillet, add the butter and melt over medium heat.
  10. Reduce the heat to medium low.
  11. Continue to cook for 4 minutes. Do not stir. The butter needs to become light brown. Reduce heat to low.
  12. Add the green beans and shallots back to the skillet.
  13. Cook 2 to 4 minutes until heated through, stirring occasionally.
  14. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  15. Serve immediately.
Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Garden November 2012 magazine.

Did you know....................a year ago I made Honey Yeast Rolls
Did you already know........
-In 1963, the first Easy Bake Oven was sold.
-The first Easy Bake Ovens sold for around $16.
-Since the first Easy Bake Oven, there has been 11 models.

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