A Sunrise Recipe: Sautéed Green Beans with Bacon and Onion

Sunrise Senior Living  |  October 3, 2014

A few years back, Jessica Overdorf, concierge at Sunrise of Exton, PA, wanted a “fancier spin on plain old green beans” for a holiday dinner with her family. She has been using this recipe ever since! Though she admits it’s nothing special, it is always a delicious crowd-pleaser! Green beans are low in calories and contain no saturated fat. They are also a very rich source of dietary fiber and vitamin A. Green beans are a great alternative to include in holiday dishes during a season full of sweets and treats!

Sautéed Green Beans with Bacon and Onion

1 bag of frozen, whole green beans

1 large Vidalia onion, peeled and diced

½ lb thick cut bacon

1 tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

1 tsp minced garlic

3 TBLS butter

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Arrange bacon in a single layer on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until bacon is crispy. Drain, and set aside.

In a large skillet, set temperature to medium heat, add butter, and melt. Add in diced onion, stirring often to prevent onions from burning. Once onion is a light caramel color, remove and set aside.  Reduce heat to medium low, add in frozen green beans with a ¼ cup of water, cover, and allow green beans to steam until al dente, or just tender to the bite. Uncover and water should begin to evaporate. Once all the water has steamed out, add the final tablespoon of butter, then thoroughly incorporate onions and bacon, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Allow to heat until butter has melted and bacon is sizzling in the pan. Best served with chicken or a white fish.