a stately neighbor’s famous green beans

Arkansas Green Beans

Growing up, my mom kept a coffee can under the kitchen sink full of bacon grease from our weekend breakfasts or Saturday’s BLT lunches. She would then use that bacon grease when cooking our family’s green beans during the week.  I guess you could say that my love and appreciation for bacon started way young.

When I came across this recipe for “Arkansas Green Beans,” I knew it had to be good.  Bacon, brown sugar, soy and butter smother green beans.  Hello?! What’s not to like?! While this isn’t the healthiest version of green beans, I figure if it helps you eat your veggies, you’re ahead of the game. Right?! Please tell me yes.

Thank you to Nancy Creative for the recipe.  This one is going in my back pocket for potlucks.

Ingredients (adapted from nancycreative.com; makes 10 servings)

4 (12-ounce) bags frozen green beans, thawed
12 slices bacon
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
7 teaspoons soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the thawed green beans in a 9×13″ baking pan.

Cut the bacon into small chunks, and cook frying pan on your stove top over medium heat until just cooked cooked – not too crispy. Sprinkle the bacon pieces on top of the green beans.

Combine the brown sugar, melted butter, soy sauce, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Pour this mixture over the green beans and bacon. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and serve.

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