Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

(photo and recipe Bon Appétit | December 2000, via

I've got five pounds of green beans taunting me because the family Thanksgiving "dinner" is at 2:oopm and I've only managed to eat breakfast and take a shower. Hey, at least I'm clean. Still need to hit myself with a pretty stick, though.

But! I couldn't help getting on here and wishing all my garden blog buddies a Happy Thanksgiving. We may not be neighbors, but we found each other thanks to the internet (thanks, Al Gore), our love of gardening, and our compulsion to chat about gardening with kindred spirits.

Happy Thanksgiving.

I hope you are spending today doing something pleasant and relaxing. Or crazy and exciting. If you're with your family, it's probably a hodgepodge of pleasant and relaxing and crazy and exciting. Perhaps there's even a dash of boring or strange thrown in to keep things real.

Here's what I'm bringing to the family feast:

2 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed, cut into 2-inch pieces

8 bacon slices, thinly sliced crosswise
3 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup finely chopped shallots (about 4 large)


Cook beans in large pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Drain. Rinse under cold water. Drain well. Pat dry with paper towels. (Can be prepared 6 hours ahead. Wrap in paper towels; enclose in resealable plastic bag and refrigerate.)

Cook bacon in heavy large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Transfer to paper towels and drain. Discard all but 3 tablespoons bacon fat in skillet. Add butter to skillet and melt over medium heat. Add shallots and sauté until tender and golden, about 4 minutes. Add beans and sauté until heated through, about 6 minutes. Add bacon to skillet and toss to blend. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowl and serve.

Note: I made a double recipe last year and it was a huge hit so I'm making it again. Prepare as directed, but cut the butter and bacon grease way down (see comments on Epicurious), sprinkle some toasted slivered almonds on top, and you'll suddenly be everybody's new best friend.


  1. I hope you had a nice dinner,'re green bean recipe looks really good! Happy Thanksgiving !

  2. Thanks, Leslie! Hope you did too! Dinner, and hanging out with the family, was great.