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Ultimate Green Beans Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins

Ultimate Green Beans

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"Tired of green bean casserole? Try this fresh green bean dish that is worthy of the holidays! When I make this at Thanksgiving I double or triple it depending on the number of people coming."

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Original recipe makes 5 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    50 mins


  1. Cook the bacon in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate; return the skillet with the reserved bacon grease to the stove.
  2. Cook the onion in the bacon drippings until soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the green beans and red pepper flakes; cook another 2 minutes. Pour the boiling water into the skillet and cover the skillet immediately; steam for about 15 minutes, shaking the skillet occasionally to keep the beans from sticking to the bottom. Add the butter, lemon juice, salt, and pepper; cook and stir until the butter is melted, 3 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle the cooked bacon over the beans to serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 11, 2009

Wow. These were really delicious and so easy to prepare. Next time I will probably omit the butter as it didn’t really add to the taste but it did add to the calories.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 19, 2014

Very ok. Can't put my finger on what was missing. Just...nothing special.

Jun 30, 2009

Note: The 2 slices of bacon is a typo, it was originally 2 ounces of slab bacon (although I have used sliced bacon with equally god results as well). Thanks for the reviews!

Jun 25, 2009

What a fabulous recipe!!! Made these several times and there were no left overs. On one occasion I omitted the bacon and they were just as delicious without it. A delicious recipe for green beans and an easy one to prepare. Will make these many more times in the future.

Oct 05, 2010

I only made half a recipe since it was just for Hubs and me, so it didn't require 15 minutes to cook the beans until crisp/tender and for them to retain their brilliant color. Bacon makes any vegetable better and I include it frequently, but I found the minced onion and lemon to be nice additions that really perked this up. I left out the red pepper flakes and didn't miss it - I don't think including it or not makes these beans any better one way or the other. They'd be delicious either way.

Aug 24, 2009

I made this today with fresh picked green beans. I used pork sausage pattie grease instead of bacon and chicken broth instead of water. It was so fun to make and delicious! I will definately make this again and again!

Apr 01, 2010

My go-to green bean recipe for nice dinners or when we have people over. The trick is not to overcook!

Dec 23, 2010

I made this for a work Christmas party and it was very well recieved--enough that I didn't get to sample it myself! I heard varying comments on the spice, from "just enough kick" to "too spicy for me". However the overall opinion was excellent dish. Maybe 1/2 the red pepper flakes, for those with spice sensitivities.


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  • Calories
  • 105 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 7.8 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 14 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 7.5 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 3.4 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 3.1 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 194 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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