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Green Beans, Smoked Bacon and Honey Walnuts

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Ingredients

  • 2 pound fresh green or yellow snap beans
  • 1 cup diced bacon
  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup shelled walnut halves
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Preparation

    Baking Directions:

    1.

    Bring several quarts of water to a boil.

    Add 1 tablespoon salt, add the green beans and cook until tender, about 6-8 minutes.

    Drain the beans and shock in cold water, draining again before setting aside.

    2. Put the bacon into a skillet and cook over low-medium heat until the fat has rendered and the bacon is crispy, 6 to 8 minutes.

    Drain the bacon on a paper-towel-lined plate and set aside.

    3.

    In a wide, heavy-bottomed sauté pan, heat the butter and add the walnut halves.

    Sauté until they start to brown, 3 minutes.

    Pour in 1/2 cup of water, then the honey.

    Stir and cook until the water has evaporated and the honey has caramelized and coated the walnuts, approximately 5 minutes.

    Before the walnuts become too dry, add the cooked beans and the bacon and cook together, tossing and stirring, to evenly distribute the walnuts and bacon.

    4.

    Serve at once.