These tender, crisp Fresh Roasted Green Beans with Bacon and Shallots are perfect for company or as an easy weeknight side dish!
Who doesn’t love bacon with their beans? Add silky, sweet shallots and its a side dish made in heaven.
This is one of my all-time FAVORITE Company or Holiday Side Dishes. I adore roasting vegetables because it’s ridiculously easy and roasting them enhances the flavor of the vegetable by caramelizing the natural sugars. The tender, crisp green beans with the salty, crunchy bacon, silky, sweet shallots, with just a hint of balsamic vinegar is the perfect flavor combination that is sure to please any crowd.
I used to make this side dish differently. I spent a significant amount of time blanching the green beans, sauteing the bacon and shallots in a saute pan, deglazing with the vinegar, and then I would finish cooking the beans with the bacon and shallots. And while this method definitely tastes amazing, ROASTING everything together gives a result just as good with a fraction of the effort and time involved. PERFECT for entertaining!
And if you Adore curing your own Bacon as much I do like my Homemade Hickory Smoked Bacon, that is perfect with these beans!
How to make Fresh Roasted Green Beans with Bacon and Shallots
Preparation is very easy. Trim 1/4″ of the stem off of each green bean, the side that attaches to the stalk. I do this 3-5 beans at a time. Slice 1/4 pound of bacon into 1/4″ strips. Peal off the outer paper and slice 2-3 shallots length wise and then into 1/4″ slices. Place everything onto a large baking sheet.
Drizzle with a little olive oil, a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and a tablespoon of your favorite balsamic vinegar. Roast for 20-30 minutes until the beans are tender crisp and the so is the bacon.
Can I use onions instead of shallots?
Absolutely! White, yellow, sweet, or red onion all substitute beautify in place of the shallots. I enjoy the flavor combination of the shallots in this dish and find they present a bit ‘fancier’ for a company or holiday setting, but onion will certainly work well.
Note: This recipe is very easy to double for a large group, but make sure not to use more then a pound of green beans per large baking sheet. If doubling the recipe, make sure to use a second baking sheet as overcrowding can make the beans and bacon steam as opposed to roasting.
For a few other great week night side dishes or ideas for your next Holiday Party, check out my Roasted Sweet Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Brussels, Sage Butter Butternut Squash, or Asian Chop Salad.
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Fresh Roasted Green Beans with Bacon and Shallots
- 1 pound green beans, fresh with ends trimmed
- 1/4 pound bacon, cut into 1/2" strips
- 2 shallots, pealed and cut into 1/2" slices
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt, course kosher
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper. fresh ground
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Trim 1/4" from the end of each green bean, the side that attaches to the stalk.
- Slice bacon into thin slices.
- Peel shallots, cut lengthwise, and cut into 1/4" slices.
- Drizzle with olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper and then toss to coat.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the green beans are tender-crisp and the bacon is crisp.
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