*Disclaimer - This recipe was originally published in 2014. I'm working hard to update all my older recipes with recipe cards, new photos, and additional recipe information. But, getting to all of them will take time. Please bear with me. In the meantime let me assure you that this recipe is still a winner and one I'm sure you'll be well pleased with when you make it at home.
Honey Green Beans are fresh green beans that get special attention with a sauce made of white wine, butter, bacon, walnuts, and a drizzle of honey to finish.
These dressed-up green beans are super simple to make, and they come together in only a matter of minutes if you use the fresh green beans you can find in the produce section of the market. You know the ones, right? The fresh green beans that you can steam right in their produce bags by popping them in the microwave for only a few minutes. A lot of times I'll eat these green beans for lunch with a little drizzle of avocado oil and a squeeze of lime. Delicious!
Naturally, you can also place fresh green beans in a large microwave dish and add a tiny splash of water, cover, and microwave for a few minutes until tender. Frozen green beans will work here too by microwaving them until tender and then draining them if needed.
Once you've prepared the beans, set them aside while you prepare the bacon and white wine sauce. You're now only moments away from a delicious side dish that compliments anything else on your dinner plate. Or you can eat them all by themselves (like I did the next day for lunch with the leftovers)! Shhh. That will be our little secret. LOL
HONEY GREEN BEANS WITH WHITE WINE, BACON, AND WALNUTS
Servings: 6-8 Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes
1 ½ pound fresh green beans, trimmed, cooked, and kept warm.
¼ pound bacon, cut into pieces
1 cup roughly chopped walnuts
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup white wine
2 tablespoons butter
1 ½ teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons honey
-In a large skillet over medium/high heat, cook the bacon until semi-crisp. Remove bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and remove all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease from the pan.
-Reduce the heat to medium. Add the walnuts and garlic into the pan. Cook and stir for about 1-2 minutes to toast the walnuts and mellow the garlic.
-Stir in the wine and butter, making sure to scrape up all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
-Add the cooked green beans into the pan along with the salt and pepper. Gently toss the green beans in the wine and walnuts. Simmer for 1-2 minutes.
-Pour the beans and the sauce with walnuts into a serving bowl and drizzle with honey to finish.
I hope you've enjoyed this elegant way to spruce up everyday green beans. It may not be the way you choose to serve them every day, but for a special occasion, they really hit the mark.