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I love the simplicity of this delicious, attractive side dish. The bacon fat gives the tender green beans and almonds such a good flavor too.  This definitely is Green Beans Almondine on steroids. The tender green beans perfectly seasoned with the crunchy, savory bacon and sliced, toasted almonds is so good. The bacon and almond mixture is a fantastic snack, too - just simply keep it in a sealed cookie tin at room temperature.  Addictive mixture!  

My daughter-in-law, Raquel, absolutely loves my green beans when I serve them this way.  We love them too.  I am making them for New Years eve this year and I know there will barely be any leftovers, so I may as well double this recipe.

This is ordinary green beans elevated to something extra special, that will have everyone at the table talking about them. In addition, simple ingredients are used, plus this recipe is not complicated at all.

My preference these days is always French green beans which are the skinny kind without any big seeds or strings on the beans.  I love them and can eat them just like that before they even make it to the table!  I think even people who don't normally like green beans, that they might enjoy this recipe.

I didn't add garlic to this recipe, but you are welcome to do that, of course, as a variation.  Make sure your green beans are fresh and bright green.  Right after boiling I drain the green beans and usually dunk my green beans in cold water with ice to stop the cooking and keep their bright color.

You can fry in butter or bacon fat, but the bacon fat is superior in this recipe.  It gives the almond and bacon mixture and awesome taste, as well as the green beans.

I used a bit of lemon juice.  You can even use a bit of lemon zest as well, if desired.

You may prefer crisp tender green beans; however, I like mine simply tender and not crispy.  This green bean recipe is sure to become a favorite and is great to serve on special occasions as well.  For instance this green bean recipe would grace any Thanksgiving or Christmas table very nicely and add a splash of color.

This takes plain Green Beans Almondine up a notch in flavor with the added bacon and cooking in bacon fat; absolutely delicious!   This vegetable side dish will add interest to any meal.


1 lb green beans (0.45 kg)
2 tbsp bacon fat, divided (30 mL)
1/4  cup sliced almonds (60 mL)
1/4  cup crispy bacon bits (60 mL)
1 tsp seasoning salt (5 mL)
1/tsp black pepper (1 mL)
1 tsp lemon juice, optional (5 mL) 


If using French green beans, simply cut off any stalky ends and cut into shorter lengths. Otherwise, de-string the green beans and cut into shorter lengths. In pot of boiling water, cook green beans10 minutes or more until tender. 

In nonstick frying pan in 1 tbsp (15 mL) bacon fat, over medium heat, toast almonds until browned.  Add crispy, freshly cooked bacon bits. Set aside.

Add remaining bacon fat to frying pan and toss beans in the hot fat, stir frying until hot. Sprinkle green beans with seasoning salt and black pepper.  Sprinkle with lemon juice and toss.  Plate green beans high with the toasted almond and bacon mixture on top.

Yield:  6 servings
1 serving
122.7 calories
4.3 g protein
8.7 g fat
2.1 g fiber
4.6 g net carbs 

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