Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Candy Bacon Green Bean Stir Fry - SPECTACULAR and EASY - 52 Simple But Next Level Dishes

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Long time readers may think this recipe sounds familiar.  In fact it is a version of the dish shown in the photo to the right, my version of Candy Bacon wrapped Green Bean Bundles!

This recipe has almost the exact same ingredients.  But the cooking method is different.  The bundles are more labor intensive (but in the stir fry you lose the "Fun LOOK" of the bundles).  The bundles are baked, freeing up the cook for the dinner presentation.  The stir fry is what the French call "A la Minute" Style, when a dish is prepared to order, rather than being prepped in advance and held for service.

BUT, the dish is so simple to do, it is also a dish that you can easily pass off to anyone who happens to come early and asks if there is anything they can do.  Have the bacon pre-cut, have the green beans pre-trimmed and the garlic pre minced.  The rest is simply stirring and frying. Perfect for keeping a guest busy (or allowing a guest to help).

This recipe also calls for less sugar, less oil than the Green bean Bundles call for.  Now, by no means is this dish healthy.  It is still vegetables, fried in fat and caramelized in sugar... Just less sugar and less fat.

Easy, Lower in sugar and fat... YET delicious

And easy... BTW, I served this with my Christmas meal.  Prepared by the daughter of one of my guests with just a little supervision as I was slicing a ham.  She was thrilled to help, got terrific bragging rights as the "cooks" were thanked and enjoyed the experience.  She even wanted the recipe so she could make this again.  Now that's the ultimate compliment!


OK... Here's what I did...

Candy Bacon
Green Bean Stir Fry

  • 1 Pound Thick Cut Bacon, each piece cut into 4 pieces
  • 3 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • 1 Pound Green Beans, ends trimmed
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
Cooking Directions
  1. In a large saute pan (I used a Wok), Fry the cut bacon pieces until just turning crispy.  About 10 minutes
  2. With a slotted spoon, set aside the bacon, leaving the drippings in the saute pan.
  3. Add the Green Beans, Minced Garlic and sprinkle the brown sugar over the whole thing.
  4. Stir Fry the beans in the HOT Bacon drippings, stirring to mix the brown sugar with the oil... Adding a caramel taste to the beans.  About 5 minutes
  5. Add the bacon again and continue to saute until the beans are still crisp but heated and cooked through, crisp yet tender.  About another minute.
  6. Again, remove from the saute pan with a slotted spoon to a serving dish, serve while still HOT... and ENJOY!


This simple recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Simple but Next Level Dishes"!

Kind of an odd title for these posts. But the longer sentence is... Simple recipes that are easy and inexpensive that will take your cooking to the next level... Things like easy pickled items (I always have a jar of Pickled Red Onions for sandwiches in my fridge). Or how about the easiest bread to make in the world... Beer Bread that is tasty on it's own but also makes a wonderful open face pizza style sandwich... With easy to make Tomato Sauce. Or how about Roasting Garlic for a spread on toast points for a unique appetizer. Infusing Oil with Herbs or spices or spicy peppers. Or how about making your own BBQ sauce. Nothing sets you apart as a grill master like setting out a jar of your own specialty BBQ Sauce.

You get the idea. These recipes are very simple, take very little time but will set you apart as a better cook...


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Ways to Cook Side Dish Recipes"!!!

Sure the meat gets all the glory but real cooks know it's the spread... the specialty Side Dishes that makes a meal rise or fall. Here's a few of my favorite recipes that will help to create that illusive COMPLETE MENU!

LOTS of Potato Sides, Vegetable Sides, Specialty Salads, Bread and MORE!


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