Green Beans with Bacon and Onion
The secret to this superflavorful side? Staggering the cooking.
Why This Recipe Works
Sautéed green beans are a good side dish all on their own with just a little melted butter to coat them. But they're even better when combined with savory bacon and sweet caramelized onion. The secret to this dish is getting all the components done at the same time. The solution, we found, was to stagger the cooking: bacon first, onion second, green beans last. We first cooked the bacon, transferred it to a paper towel–lined plate to drain, and then added the onion to the skillet and cooked it in some of the rendered bacon fat for flavor. Once the onion was softened and beginning to brown, we added the green beans, covered the skillet so that they would steam and cook through, and then removed the cover to cook off any residual liquid. We then sprinkled the crispy bacon pieces over the green beans before serving.