While green beans are gluten free, not all brands of bacon are. I’ve been making this bacon and onion green bean casserole during the holidays for decades. It’s my favorite dish that I just can’t live without. My family loves it because I don’t skimp on the bacon. There’s nothing worse than being one of the last ones to dig in and have to dig for bacon. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family has.
Note: I use three different brands of uncured bacon that is free of nitrates, nitrites, and other chemicals. I list them in the below recipe.
It's true that almost everything's better with bacon. Green beans are no different. The almost caramelized onion makes them even better.
8 ounces (1/2 pound) gluten free bacon (Hormel Natural Choice, Applegate, or Open Nature)
20 ounces frozen baby green beans, cut or whole
1 small to medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper, to taste
Place bacon in a cold skillet. (I use a large electric skillet.) Fry the bacon on both sides until crisp at 325ºF or over medium-high heat. Lower the heat soon to prevent burning. If too much grease forms in the skillet, spoon as much as possible into a cup and set aside.
While the bacon is frying, bring 1/2 cup water to a boil. Add in the frozen green beans, cover, and bring back to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 6 - 7 minutes. Drain the water out and set aside in a colander.
Set the bacon on a plate lined with paper towels to drain and cool.
Add the onion to the preheated, bacon-greased skillet over medium-high heat. Saute until caramelized a bit and translucent.
Push onions on half of the skillet and add additional bacon grease. Add green beans on top of the bacon grease and coat well. Toss together the onion and green beans.
Using the paper towels on the plate, crumble the bacon. Add the bacon to the green beans and onion and toss. (I usually set aside a little bacon to use as garnish on the top of the casserole.) Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Top with set aside bacon.
Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate. I made this today two days prior to Thanksgiving. Be careful on how long you store anything with uncured bacon as it does not keep as long as ones containing preservatives.