To be honest, I don’t really love vegetables. There are some that I really like (peas, green beans, broccoli, and corn), and these are the ones that you can see gracing the plate in a fabulous supporting role next to the main dish. But most other vegetables do not make their way onto my plate.
Green beans are one of those veggies that I love and will eat over and over again. This recipe really does make these plain lil beans “fancy”. And since we put bacon in it, I guess we can call it Southern.
Now with all the onion chopping, potato dicing, bacon cooking and garlic clove mincing, this recipe is a little involved for just a side dish, and it’s something I personally would only do for a special occasion. However, one way you can still make your boring, everyday green beans a little fancier is just to add a dash of balsamic vinegar and maybe even some chicken broth. It adds so much to the flavor!
- 3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled.
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 red onion, chopped
- 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and snapped
- 4 small new potatoes, diced
- 1/2 large clove garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons chicken broth
- 3/4 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
- Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cooked bacon, green beans, potatoes, garlic, and chicken broth.
- Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer over low heat until the green beans are tender, about 10 minutes.
- Sprinkle with vinegar, salt, and pepper, and serve.