Mediterranean Green Beans with Golden Raisins

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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
Mediterranean Green Beans with Golden Raisins

Serves: 6-8
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

-Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat.
– While the water is heating up, heat a large pan over medium heat. Once hot, place the bacon slices in the pan. Cook until crispy, turning often (about 6-8 minutes). Remove bacon from pan and set pan, including bacon fat, aside for later use.
-When water begins to boil, add beans and simmer for 3-4 minutes until tender. Drain water from pot.
– Return the pan with reserved bacon fat to medium heat. Add garlic, sliced onion and green beans. Cook, stirring occasionally for 6-8 minutes, until beans begin to brown.
-While the beans are cooking and the bacon has cooled enough to handle, crumble the bacon.
-After beans have started to brown, add bacon, pistachios, raisins, oregano, basil and dill. Stir well and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Season with lemon juice, salt and pepper and serve!

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4 Responses

  1. Oooh these sound good!! I believe I shall try them. Let me know if you get that petition going for bacon-y…I will sign, twice!

  2. Thanks! It is nice to know there are other supporters out there. 🙂

  3. This looks absolutely delicious. And yes, we eat green beans here occasionally. I'll try your recipe for sure.
    Also, a heads up: I work for the FastPaleo website, and I posted a blogger shoutout to your blog, which will appear later today on the FastPaleo Facebook page.

  4. Awesome – thanks!

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