Sweet & Savory Garden Beans
Photo: Illinois Farmers Market Association
Yields: 6 to 8 servings
1 lb fresh garden beans (wax, green, string, snap or pole), trimmed
4 pieces thick-sliced bacon, cut into 1-in pieces (optional)
1 sweet onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
Garnish with freshly chopped parsley
Place the beans in a steamer basket set over a large saucepan of boiling water.
Steam until bright and crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.
Plunge beans into ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain well, and set aside.
Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp; remove bacon and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings.
Sauté green onions and garlic in skillet in reserved drippings until lightly browned.
Add the vinegar and sugar; stir to dissolve the sugar.
Add in beans and bacon and sauté until thoroughly heated.
Season with salt and pepper and serve warm garnished with fresh parsley.
The Illinois Farmers Market Association (ILFMA) supports local food and food systems by giving Illinois farmers’ markets and producers access to resources, education and connections in order to grow healthier and economically vibrant communities. For more information, visit ilfma.org.