Sauteed green beans and beets with bacon, pecans, goat cheese, and balsamic reduction. Chitty chitty bang bang!
I’ve been tapping the side dishes like Fred Astaire. Except my version of “tapping” is more of a swift scooping…of foods…into my mouth. If I could give you a synopsis of my eating habits lately, it would go a little sumzing like-uh-zis: carbs, carbs, fatty meat, carbs, maple syrup, wine, carbs, super fatty meat, bourbon, wine, chocolate, carbs, carbs, kale, carbs, wine, carbs, beets. That just about summarizes it. And I gotta tell you: my.thighs.are.loving.it.
Side dishes have become such a near and dear part of my life that I shudder to think of what will happen once the holidays are over and it will no longer be the norm to have a big meaty entree with 17 sides. You mean I have to revert back to one meaty entree and two sides? Shutthefrontdoor.
Personal question: Are you a sectioner or a shmoosher? Like, when you dish up your plate o’ holiday feast, do you section your sides so that they don’t touch one another or do you shmoosh them up in one big mosaic of color and texture? Me? I’m the kind that would lead you to believe I’m a shmoosher when in reality, I’d prefer it if all my foods had their own separate plates. It’s just.that.bad.
- T minus ONE DAY until Thanksgiving!
- I’ve been up to my eyeballs in side dishes. I know, I know…#firstworldproblems
- Green beans are awesome even without condensed cream of mushroom soup.
- Balsamic reduction makes food real.
Exciting news, folks! I recently began developing recipes for Love Beets! If you’ve never heard of Love Beets, they’re a real cool company. They make your beet experience super easy by packaging up high quality organic beets that are already roasted for your munching convenience, PLUS they’re all about healthy recipes. You’ll be seeing some of the recipes (such as this one) I’ve created for them from time to time right here on my blog.
These green beanages. Easy. You can totally make them last minute, you procrastinator, you. Simply chuck some bacon in a skillet, cook the green beans in bacon drippings, add your pre-roasted beets, and serve the veggies with the crispy bacon, goat cheese, and pecans. While the beans are sauteeing, you reduce balsamic vinegar for a hot minute in order to make a balsamic reduction, which gets drizzled over your veggie dish. Trust me, it’s worth the three minutes to reduce balsamic vinegar! Real game changer, folks! Real game changer!
This recipe for Balsamic Green Beans and Beets with Pecans, Bacon, and Goat Cheese was originally published on Love Beets
Have a fabulous Thanksgiving!