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Green Beans with Bacon and Beer Glaze

Green Beans with Bacon and Beer Glaze

When I first got into cooking, I was terrified of pronunciation. There is this huge gap between reading a word, knowing it, being able to cook the crap out of it and being about to say it out loud. To other humans. Who have ears.

I spent an entire summer making Galettes. Look at these! So cute and rustic! With a homemade crust! and I can’t talk about them in public because I don’t know if it’s Guh-Lay or Gal-Let. DAMN IT!! (By the way, it’s Gah-Let).

Then came the Great Quinoa Explosion of 2007 and I wasn’t sure about that one either. Jesus Christ why is there so many vowels?! (It’s Keen-Wa, by the way).

So then we all get fancy and stop calling them green beans and the words haricots verts start coming my way. And even after I figured out it’s pronounced "ah-ree-koh-ver" I still can’t bring myself to say it that way, they are French green beans. Because I grew up on a farm and I drink beer.

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Green Beans with Bacon and Beer Glaze


  • 4 slices bacon
  • 2 lbs French green beans
  • 1/2 cup stout
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper


  1. In a cast iron skillet cook the bacon until crispy. Remove from pan and allow to cool, then chop.
  2. Add the green beans to the hot skillet, sear until slightly browned.
  3. Add the stout and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until the beer is reduced and turned into a glaze, about ten minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with smoked paprika. Salt and pepper to taste (depending on how salty the bacon is, more or less salt will be needed).
  5. Sprinkle with chopped bacon.

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Abigail March 28, 2014 um 4:11 am

This looks amazing!

I found your blog last week through blog lovin and I’ve been absolutely hooked!



Jackie March 28, 2014 um 12:13 pm

Thank you Abigail!


Rebekah {aCricketSang} March 28, 2014 um 4:56 am

Green beans are of my favorite vegetables, and I love how great they taste with all kinds of herbs and additions. One of my favorite green bean dishes are szechuan green beans. So I’m pretty excited to see a bacon, stout green bean recipe. And my fridge has been overstocked with beer, so perfect solution!


Tieghan March 28, 2014 um 6:04 am

Haha! This is me!! I posted a Banh Mi Sandwich the other day and still have not a clue how to say it. ha!

Love these beans and that glaze! So good!


Ive March 28, 2014 um 11:19 am

Wonderful, tasty & easy!!!


Heather @ French Press March 28, 2014 um 1:44 pm

just call them delicious!


ashley – baker by nature March 29, 2014 um 4:18 pm

These look so yummy, lady! I’ll just call them epic green beans and get to devouring them.


Maggie March 31, 2014 um 3:15 pm

HA! I saw them cook green beans on Chopped and before I saw them they kept calling them that and I had no idea what they were talking about…since when are they not green beans? I appreciate your honesty on this so I don’t feel like a fool!


Andrew April 2, 2014 um 2:28 pm

I hope you appreciate the humor and wordplay when you say "With a homemade curst(sp)!" I thought it was pretty funny.


Jackie April 2, 2014 um 6:23 pm

I’m the worst! I need an editor. Are you offering your services? I pay in beer.


addie | culicurious April 14, 2014 um 5:16 pm

Smoked paprika is one of my favorite secret weapons. 😉


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