Friday, November 4, 2011

Recipe Swap~ Thanksgiving Side

I cannot believe it is November & Thanksgiving is around the corner!!! Exciting & scary at the same time. We had another successful recipe swap with my national cooking board. The theme this time was Thanksgiving sides. I gave: Strip House Potatoes Romanoff & received Mary Ellen's green bean side. Visit Christine's Kitchen Chronicles for her version from the swap!!!

I love green beans & usually, we eat them the Italian way, as a salad with a vinaigrette so this was a nice change. This recipe is similar to how I make my Brussels Sprouts. But because I had just used the last of my pancetta on those yummy sprouts, I went ahead & took Mary Ellen's advice of using bacon which I keep on hand, frozen for times like this. The green beans were a little too greasy for my taste but I think with pancetta they would have been perfect! Next time! 

How do you celebrate Thanksgiving? Do you have a dish everyone asks for? What are your traditions? I'd love to hear!!! Comment below, please! 

<3 Lishie

Green Beans with Bacon & Caramelized Shallots
  • 1/5 pounds fresh green beans, rinsed and trimmed
  • 3 oz coarsely chopped bacon
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the green beans & boil 3 to 4 minutes until just tender. Drain beans and immediately plunge into ice water. Allow to sit in ice water until cold, then drain well, & set aside.

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crispy, then set aside. Reduce heat to medium, stir shallots into the bacon fat, & cook gently until the shallots have turned dark golden brown, about 10 minutes.

Place bacon & green beans in skillet; toss & cook until warmed through, about 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt & pepper before serving.


  1. Yum! Sounds good to me. :)

    Thanks for being part of the recipe swap.

  2. Lish, I bet these Green Beans were mighty tasty! I know my hubby would love them too! The idea of changing it to Pancetta would be great too.