Tender-crisp green beans with bacon and pine nuts is a great combination of textures and flavors – rich and buttery and crispy and crunchy. It’s the perfect side dish for your holiday feast!
When it comes to vegetable side dishes, most nights of the week I find it easier to do really simple, plain versions to serve alongside whatever it is we are eating for dinner. I don’t always go all out on a fancier version like these green beans with bacon & pine nuts. Not that these are hard to make or even super time consuming, but they do call for a few extra steps and on a regular weeknight, well, I usually just don’t have the time. But for a holiday meal or a Sunday dinner or if we are invited to a friends house, this is one of my favorite vegetable sides to serve.
You can save yourself some time by just buying a bag of pre-washed and trimmed beans from the store. We always seem to have a bag somewhere floating around in the fridge because green beans are such a favorite at our house. My girls are weird and eat them raw as a pre-dinner snack.
If you don’t have pine nuts on hand, walnuts are a good substitute. Really you could use pretty much whatever nuts you want, just be sure you chop them up a bit before adding them though. Slivered almonds are very traditional with green beans but personally, I prefer the buttery, richer texture and taste of pine nuts or walnuts in this particular dish. I’m such a fiend for nuts that I have an entire section of my freezer dedicated to bags of almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, pecans, & macadamia nuts. They just add so much to salads and desserts and sides, not to mention being good snacking options during the day.
There are so many great things going on with the different textures and flavors in this side dish that I honestly think I prefer it to something creamier and heavier like a green bean casserole that is traditionally served at many a Thanksgiving feast.
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