This is a nice combination that was new to me. Green beans with mushrooms is a classic combination, but I’d never thought about throwing bacon into the mix. The important thing to remember here is that you’re cooking the beans when you parboil them, and simply reheating them with the bacon and mushrooms. In other words, don’t overcook the beans.–The Culinary Institute of America and Martha Rose Shulman
Green Beans with Bacon and Shallots Recipe
Hands-On Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 45 minutes | Serves 6
- 2 pounds green beans, trimmed
- 2 strips bacon, cut crosswise in thin strips
- 2 shallots, quartered
- 1/2 pound mushrooms, trimmed and quartered
- 1. Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil and add the green beans. Meanwhile fill a bowl with ice and water. Cook the beans until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to the ice water, leave for a few minutes, then drain.
- 2. Heat a large, heavy saute pan over medium heat and add the bacon. Saute until crisp. Remove from the pan and drain on racks.
- 3. Add the shallots to the bacon fat and saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and continue to cook, stirring often or shaking the pan, until tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- 4. Add the green beans and cook, stirring, until heated through. Adjust seasonings, sprinkle with the bacon, and serve immediately.
Green Beans with Bacon and Shallots Recipe © 2006 The Culinary Institute of America. Photo © 2006 Ben Fink. All rights reserved.