Green Beans with Bacon and Beer Glaze

Green Beans with Bacon and Beer Glaze

When I first got into cooking, I was terrified of pronunciation. There is this huge gap between reading a word, knowing it, being able to cook the crap out of it and being about to say it out loud. To other humans. Who have ears.

I spent an entire summer making Galettes. Look at these! So cute and rustic! With a homemade crust! and I can’t talk about them in public because I don’t know if it’s Guh-Lay or Gal-Let. DAMN IT!! (By the way, it’s Gah-Let).

Then came the Great Quinoa Explosion of 2007 and I wasn’t sure about that one either. Jesus Christ why is there so many vowels?! (It’s Keen-Wa, by the way).

So then we all get fancy and stop calling them green beans and the words haricots verts start coming my way. And even after I figured out it’s pronounced “ah-ree-koh-ver” I still can’t bring myself to say it that way, they are French green beans. Because I grew up on a farm and I drink beer.

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Green Beans with Bacon and Beer Glaze


  • 4 slices bacon
  • 2 lbs French green beans
  • 1/2 cup stout
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper


  • In a cast iron skillet cook the bacon until crispy. Remove from pan and allow to cool, then chop.
  • Add the green beans to the hot skillet, sear until slightly browned.
  • Add the stout and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until the beer is reduced and turned into a glaze, about ten minutes.
  • Sprinkle with smoked paprika. Salt and pepper to taste (depending on how salty the bacon is, more or less salt will be needed).
  • Sprinkle with chopped bacon.

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11 thoughts on “Green Beans with Bacon and Beer Glaze

  1. Green beans are of my favorite vegetables, and I love how great they taste with all kinds of herbs and additions. One of my favorite green bean dishes are szechuan green beans. So I’m pretty excited to see a bacon, stout green bean recipe. And my fridge has been overstocked with beer, so perfect solution!

  2. Haha! This is me!! I posted a Banh Mi Sandwich the other day and still have not a clue how to say it. ha!

    Love these beans and that glaze! So good!

  3. HA! I saw them cook green beans on Chopped and before I saw them they kept calling them that and I had no idea what they were talking about…since when are they not green beans? I appreciate your honesty on this so I don’t feel like a fool!

  4. I hope you appreciate the humor and wordplay when you say “With a homemade curst(sp)!” I thought it was pretty funny.

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