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 entrée and two sides? Shut the front door.
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.
Tip for Preparing This Recipe:
Use pre-cooked beets! Have you ever seen pre-cooked beets at the grocery store? Not canned beets, but the ones in the produce section in the package?
Love Beets is one of the companies that makes them in case you’re looking for a trusted brand. They make your beet experience super easy by packaging up quality organic beets that are already roasted for your munching convenience.
The reason I suggest this is beets on their own require a substantial amount of time to cook. You can steam, roast, saute, or boil them, but regardless of the way you cook them, they will take more time than the green beans to cook.
For this reason, I suggest either pre-cooking the beets yourself according to your favorite method, or buying the pre-cooked ones. Here is a tutorial from The Kitchn on How to Roast Beets.
How to Make Green Beans and Beets with Balsamic Reduction:
This green bean side dish? 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 sautéing, 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!
Have a fabulous Thanksgiving!
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Green Beans and Beets with Balsamic Reduction
Green Beans and Beets with Balsamic Reduction is a flavorful healthy side dish perfect for holiday season
- 3 strips thick-cut bacon
- 16 ounces green beans trimmed and chopped into 2-inch pieces
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 2 medium-sized beets roasted and chopped (or 1 8.8-ounce package Love Beets cooked beets, chopped)*
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
- 1/3 cup raw pecans chopped
- 1/3 cup goat chèvre
- 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy (about 3-4 minutes).
- Place the strips of bacon on a cutting board, leaving the bacon drippings in the pan.
- Add the green beans and minced garlic to the pan with the bacon drippings and sauté stirring frequently until green beans have softened but are still al dente (about 8 minutes).
- Add the chopped beets and salt and continue to sauté until beets are hot (about 2 minutes).
- While the vegetables are sautéing, pour the balsamic vinegar into a small skillet and bring to a full boil. Allow vinegar to boil until reduced by half (about 3 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside until ready to serve.
- Once the vegetables have finished cooking, transfer them to a large serving platter or serving bowl.
- Chop the strips of bacon and sprinkle on top of the green beans and beets.
- Add the pecans and goat cheese. Drizzle the balsamic reduction over everything and serve.
*To roast raw beets, wrap them in foil, place on a cookie sheet, and roast in the oven at 375F for 60 to 90 minutes (until soft and juicy). Alternatively, chop the beets and wrap in foil. Place on cookie sheet and roast at 375 degrees F for 40 to 50 minutes.