Southern-Style Green Beans

Southern-Style Green Beans


  • 1 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed, cut into 1/3 pieces
  • 1 small shallot, peeled and minced
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil (may substitute with vegetable oil)
  • 4 strips of thick cut bacon, cut into bite size pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Place cut green bean into the skillet and cover with water. Cook beans until they are crisp tender,  about 10 minutes, occasionally stirring. 

Once the beans are a vibrant green color, drain the beans and rinse with cold water to "shock" the color and stop the cooking process. 

Return the skillet to the stove. Increase the heat to medium-high.  Add the butter and oil. Once the butter is melted, add the shallot and garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes. 

Next, add the bacon to the skillet and cook until slightly brown, about 4-5 minutes. 

Add the drained/cooled beans to the skillet. Toss the beans with the bacon mixture. Season with salt and pepper. 

Continue to cook for another 8-10 minutes until the bacon is browned and the beans are tender. Give it a taste and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper before serving. 

Serve immediately. Makes approximately 4-5 servings. 


Kitchen Activities for Budding Chefs

Little Chef

  • Have your kitchen helper gather the ingredients for the recipe. Talk about the colors and textures of the beans, shallot and garlic. Go on a seek and find to identify other similar colors around the kitchen. 
  • Ask your child to help prepare the beans. They can help wash and pat dry the whole beans. Ask them to watch the adult cut the beans to learn safe knife skills. 
  • Using a butter knife, work together to allow your child to measure a tablespoon of butter. They can also pick out the right measuring spoon for the oil. 
  • Once the recipe is finished, ask your child to taste the dish and see if they like it!

Kid Chef

  • Have your child wash and pat dry the beans for the recipe. 
  • Using a kid-friendly knife, supervise your child as they work to trim and cut the beans. This is a good opportunity to practice safe knife skills. 
  • Have them also prepare the shallot. Talk about where shallots come from and their flavor (they are milder than an onion). 
  • Introduce a microplane or zester to grate the garlic. They may also continue to practice safe knife skills and prepare the garlic.
  • With adult supervision, work together to cook the beans and "shock them" for their green color. Continue to have them help cook the shallot, garlic and bacon and season the dish.
  • Once the recipe is complete, ask them to taste it and see if they liked it. Ask them to describe the flavor and what they like about the dish!


Write a comment

Comments are moderated