Kentucky Wonder Green Beans

Kentucky Wonder Green Beans

8 slices lean bacon, cut into 1/2-inch dice

1 cup scallion rounds, thinly sliced

2 pounds Kentucky Wonders (or other fresh green beans), washed, the ends snapped, and the strings removed

2 tablespoons cold water

2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground

3 teaspoons red wine vinegar

3 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped finely

Fry the bacon in a large skillet, turning the pieces frequently until brown and crisp. Place bacon on a paper towel to drain. Saute the scallions in the bacon fat, stirring occasionally. Cook scallions over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes, until they are soft but not brown. Add the beans to the skillet, stirring them until they are well-coated with the bacon fat. Add the water and cover the pan tightly. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes, then uncover the pan and continue to cook until the beans are tender but still slightly crisp, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir occasionally. Sprinkle the beans with the salt and pepper, stir in the vinegar, and remove from the heat. Place beans in a serving dish, crumble the bacon and sprinkle the beans with the bacon pieces and chopped thyme.

Serves 8

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