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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Green Beans, Bacon and Tomatoes! Oh, My!

I think I have mentioned before that we live in Amish country - lots and lots of farms with signs at the end of the driveway - "Produce". I have my favorites I usually stop at but my husband is lured in by cute little Amish kids pulling wagons with fruits and veggies in the back. Last night he bought a gallon of green beans. For $5.00. Helluva deal if you ask me - I pay a lot more at the Farmers Market. He gave half to one of his workers and brought the other half home.
Two problems: First problem - no one really likes fresh green beans except me. Second problem - I don't have a pressure canner and most places I checked said "must be canned in a pressure cooker".

The one nice thing about being the only one who really likes them is that I can make them any way I want, and I wanted them with bacon, and leeks, and tomatoes!

Green Beans, Bacon and Tomatoes: Oh, My!


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed 
  • 1 leek sliced into half moons cleaned thoroughly
  • 1 tomato seeded and chopped
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Celtic Sea Salt to taste


In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter; add bacon. Fry bacon until crispy; adding leek about half way, at the end add tomato and cook a minute or so set aside. Bring a pot of water to a boil; add beans. Boil for about 10 minutes, or until desired doneness is reached. Drain beans; add them to the skillet with bacon and butter. Toss well and heat until well coated. Add salt and  pepper; devour serve.

Linked to Real Food Wednesday, and Simple Lives Thursday. plus The Ultimate Recipe Swap:Fresh Produce. 
Lots of great links at these places - get a cup of your fav. drink and check them out!
I was a little late to join Tuesday Night Supper Club at Fudge Ripple - but being the sweetie she is, Christy linked me anyhow!
 Mrs. Matlock's AlphabeThursday - Summer School - Green is the color of the week!
AND Finally - I linked this to The Two For Tuesday's Real Food Blog Hop - Hosted by yours truly and 6 other fabulous ladies!!!


  1. Christy...this looks yummy! I linked you up to TNSC...thanks for joining!

  2. Thanks!!!! I will link to it in the post - post haste!

  3. looks great and wow I beat you can get loads of great produce there

  4. My family loves green beans! Your recipe sounds delicious. I am so spoiled to fresh green beans this summer that I am going to be sad when they start looking bad in the stores.
    I will try this out.

  5. Christy! BACON and green beans! What a JOY! Thanks as always for hosting and posting on the two for tuesday recipe blog hop (add the backlink baby!) I cant remember WHICH amish country you live in though! :) Alex@amoderatelife

  6. $5 for a GALLON of green beans?! That's a steal! Wow! Of course, it's going to be a while before you go through your half of it since you're the only one who'll eat them :)

    That recipe sounds so good! Simple and easy to find all those ingredients here too! I must try it one day :)

  7. Great post and wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing. I'm jealous of your green bean deal;) Please join me Tasty Traditions, a recipe meme. Have a great day!

  8. Now that is what I'm talking sounds simple and delicious. I do love bacon w/ beans of any sort. YUM! =)

  9. I have never heard of Celtic sea salt. Is it green? The recipe sounds great!

  10. Love the green here - and what a great recipe! Great post- TFS!

    Have a great weekend too,


    btw My AlphabeThursday Green is posted if you can join me… HERE!

  11. I have been cooking with green beans recently too but not with tomatoes. I should try cooking them with tomatoes soon :)

  12. Myorii: I know I got a great deal!!

    Nikki - thanks for stopping I will be checking out your linky!

    Heather - we KNOW bacon makes most everything better!

    JDaniel'sMom - no celtic sea salt isn't green, but it does have color because it is clean, unrefined and hand harvested sea salt that still has nutrients in it unlike normal table salt which has been stripped of all its nutrients.

    Nora - thanks for stopping by! I love your blog - it is my only dip into the fashion world!

    Thanks everyone!

  13. This is my kind of recipe. Easy and quick to make. Thanks for this.

  14. Mmmm...this is one of our favorite ways to eat fresh green beans. What a great deal on the green beans!

  15. Wow, this is a very nice and easy way to cook green sure looks delicious!

  16. Oh, C, this is my favorite way of serving them up. In fact, I rather foolishly planted late season beans last year and tried to nurse them through snow just so that I could have green beans with bacon.

  17. I have green beans growing like weeds in my garden! Can't keep up with them. This is a delicious use for them!

  18. I love fresh green beans. Wish I could tell you I know of another way to put this food up, but sadly I don't. Pressure cooking is not a blast.

    That recipe looks delicious.

  19. What a great deal on those green beans! It's a shame you have to eat all of those tasty green beans yourself. :) They look delicious.

  20. Scrambledhenfruit - it is a shame isn't it!!

    thanks everyone for stopping by!! The comments make my day!

  21. My family is the same way, they prefer the canned green beans to fresh. *shudder* I LOVE fresh green beans and this way looks AWESOME!! I'll just make them for myself!!

  22. Wow! the perfect combo! Looks awesome!

  23. Great green post! I think I might like to try green beans like this!

  24. Christy. What a delicious recipe. This looks scrumptious.

    Have you tried roasting green beans? I made those earlier in the year when I had a lot of them in the garden and EVERYONE gobbled them up.

    They just had a great taste. Even my Grands like them like that.

    Thanks for the recipe and the story. I like visualizing Amish country. I miss going there.


  25. I'm not the biggest green bean fan either but you can never go wrong with bacon!

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