This Bacon and Brown Sugar Arkansas Green Beans recipe uses soy sauce and garlic in its sweet, buttery glaze, coating the green beans to create a delectable side dish.
I am a mother of three, and finding ways to make your kids want to eat vegetables is always a challenge.
I love vegetables and I think they are necessary for a healthy diet, so I was determined.
When my kids were younger, canned green beans were easy. As toddlers, I didn’t even have to heat them up. They could feed themselves and the beans were soft and easy to eat.
But as teens, they were no longer a fan. I didn’t know if this was a taste issue or a texture issue, but I knew I was thankful that their taste buds were maturing.
So I ditched the can and began working with fresh green beans. I tried adding onions and garlic; still they were not a fan.
Next, I tried adding new potatoes to them. Guess what, at the end of dinner, the potatoes were gone and I had a pan full of uneaten green beans. I needed more flavor!
When my oldest went away to college in Arkansas, I was introduced to a recipe with a sweet/savory glaze and BACON. That was a hit!
After tweaking this recipe to my liking, this became a family favorite!
My kids, and my husband, would always like me to add more bacon to this dish, but I’ll leave that up to your discretion. I still want this to be a ‘vegetable’ dish.
The dish is always empty after I serve this recipe.
It’s easy enough to be in your regular meal repertoire but succulent enough to take to Thanksgiving dinner.
I’m sure you will find it to be a family favorite as well!
Here’s the Recipe!
- 1 ½ lb. fresh green beans
- 6 slices of bacon
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- ¼ cup salted butter, melted
- 3 teaspoons soy sauce
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Trim off the ends of the green beans and then cut or snap the beans into 1 ½-2 inch pieces and place them in a large sauce pan.
- Add enough water to cover the beans. Bring the water to a boil.
- Reduce heat and cover the beans. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
- Drain the beans and place them in a two-quart glass or oven safe ceramic baking dish, like a 9" x 9" Pyrex dish.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon to the pan, turning them over often until it is brown on the edges. Transfer cooked bacon to a baking rack or paper towel lined plate to cool.
- Once cool to the touch, crumble the bacon into pieces and sprinkle the bacon over the beans in the cooking dish.
- In a small bowl, stir together the melted butter, brown sugar, soy sauce, and garlic powder.
- Drizzle the mixture over the beans and bacon, coating evenly.
- Bake uncovered for 20 minutes and then gently stir making sure all the beans are coated with the sweet/savory sauce.
- Continue to bake for 15 minutes, and it’s ready to eat!
Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 197 Total Fat 12g Saturated Fat 6g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 5g Cholesterol 32mg Sodium 410mg Carbohydrates 18g Fiber 3g Sugar 13g Protein 6g