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Most children (and adults) do not enjoy being told to eat their green beans. I have shied away from green beans my entire life. Most versions I have encountered either looked like a mushy mess or were drowning in cream of mushroom soup and passed off as a “casserole”. I did like those crunchy fried onions on top of the casserole, though. But, I digress.
This green bean dish uses golden raisins, pistachio nuts and Mediterranean spices. Oh, did I mention bacon? How could I forget the bacon! These little string beans are sautéed in bacon fat AND topped with crumbled bacon. This dish is sweet, salty and…bacon-y. What do you think we need to do to get bacon-y added to the dictionary? Is there someone I can petition on this matter because I feel pretty strongly that it should be treated as a proper, officially recognized adjective. I’ll see what I can do.
In the meantime, eat your green beans!
Mediterranean Green Beans with Golden Raisins
Prep Time: 15
Cook Time: 25
Total Time: 40
4 slices of nitrate free bacon
4 cups of green beans, trimmed
1/2 white onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup pistachios
1/4 cup golden raisins
1 tsp freshly chopped or dried oregano
1 tsp freshly chopped or dried basil
1/2 tsp freshly chopped or dried dill
juice of 1/2 lemon
salt and pepper to taste