Whole Foods maple blueberry bacon takes these green beans to a whole new level

I walked into Whole Foods in Downtown Los Angeles, strolled over to the deli after Alexa informed me of some Amazon Prime member's deal that was happening with some cut of meat. Before I could find the suggested deal of the week, I was mesmerized by the delicious sign of the Maple Blueberry Bacon.
Whole Foods Maple Blueberry Bacon
I saw it. I had no idea what I would do with it. But I knew it was a must-have. So I ask the butcher for a pound of this fruity pig without a second thought. Once he packed it up, I knew I had a fabulous meat in hand, but what will I do with this wonder? Well, it seemed as if destiny had bestowed this unique cut of bacon upon me so I deemed it best to leave the rest of said recipe's fate in the hands of destiny herself. I strolled throughout the aisles looking for my next fun Whole Foods discovery and lo' and behold I stumble upon a Champagne Vinegar by Napa Valley Naturals and it wasn't just a vinegar utilizing the 100 year old loophole that allows Californian Sparkling Wine to refer to itself as California Champagne. Instead of following the mainstream, these culinary curators had actually sourced this Champagne Vinegar from the region of Champagne, France!

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.
Below is the recipe for these green bacon delights! Wine and brunch menu pairing recommendations are at bottom of article. 
 

Ingredients:

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.

Napa valley naturals champagne vinegar and Whole Foods organic green beans

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.

Whole Foods maple blueberry bacon in pan

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. 

champagne vinegar green beans with Whole Foods maple blueberry bacon

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. 

Recommended Brunch Item Pairing: Frittata or any type of cheesy breakfast boat like this amazing recipe that Delish published! Check it out here.

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