So, I stop dead in my tracks in the champagne vinegar aisle of Whole Foods DTLA and I googled "best recipes for cooking with champagne vinegar". One of the results that caught my eye was "champagne vinegar green beans with bacon". I had this fabulous pound of bacon and now had to combine it with vinegar from the South of France and make my least favorite vegetable a hit on any brunch menu.
- 365 Whole Foods Olive Oil
- Green Beans
- Napa Valley Naturals Champagne Vinegar
- Whole Foods Maple Blueberry Bacon (1 lb)
- Salt & Pepper, to taste
Step One: COOK GREEN BEANS. Boil medium pot of water. Blanch green beans for 5 minutes over rapid boiling heat. I use Whole Foods green beans, loose in the bag, They usually go for $3.99 USD per lb and are great taste and quality. Once done blanching, drain beans and set aside.
Step Two: COOK BACON. Heat a pan over medium heat. Add a generous tablespoon of olive oil. I use Whole Foods 365 brand. Once pan and oil are heated, add the Whole Foods Maple Blueberry Bacon and fry on both sides for approximately 3-4 minutes per side. Remove from heat once it's cooked on each side and has a nice crisp. Remove from pan and chop into small pieces.
Step Three: SAUTEÉ GREEN BEANS, BACON AND CHAMPAGNE VINEGAR. Heat pan over medium heat with olive oil. Add salt and black pepper (to taste) to pan and two tablespoons of Napa Valley Natural's Champagne Vinegar. Add green beans and cook for 2-3 mins over medium - high heat. Reduce heat and add pieces of maple blueberry bacon. Sautee for another couple of minutes. Add more champagne vinegar, salt and pepper to taste accordingly.
This is a super easy recipe and honestly took me about 20 mins to make. All ingredients can be found at your local Whole Foods or similar food market.
Recommended Champagne/Wine Pairing: Veuve Cliquot Champagne - the acidity in a standard champagne works wonderfully with this type of dish because the acidity of the bubbles cuts through the fat of the bacon.
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