Mixed Beans and Bacon

This was a good, solid side dish for a holiday meal.  I added both green beans and wax beans for some festive color.  Definitely would go to it again for a nice holiday veggie side dish, though too splurgy for our every day. 😉

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  • 2 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 pound bacon, roughly chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Freshly ground pepper

Toss the green beans into a large pot of boiling salted water and cook until bright green in color and crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Drain the beans and shock in a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain the beans again and pat dry.

Cook the bacon in a large, heavy saute pan until crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Spoon off the excess bacon grease, leaving 2 tablespoons in the pan. Add the onion to the pan and saute until soft and very tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle in the garlic and saute until just fragrant, about 1 more minute. Add the reserved green beans and cook until heated through, 5 to 6 minutes more. Return the bacon to the pan, pour in the lemon juice and toss. Season with salt and pepper.

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