These Champagne-Bacon Green Beans Are Anything But Boring

These Champagne-Bacon Green Beans Are Anything But Boring

This is the super-easy side that will be the hit of your holiday dinner this year.

Like most vegetables, green beans shouldn't be an afterthought. Those crunchy little stalks can be amazing vessels of flavor if they're seasoned properly, and it doesn't take a whole lot of work to turn green beans into a side that will make you go back for seconds.

Toasted almonds, tarragon, and Champagne vinegar add crunch, tang, and an herbaceous note, and then there's the bacon fat; lots of bacon fat. After you've rendered strips of pork belly, hold onto that sweet, smoky fat and emulsify your dressing right in the pan.

RECIPE: Green Bean Salad

Just boil your green beans, let them cool, and bathe them in Lake Bacon Fat; finally, toss everything together. You can call it a salad, but one that combines healthy greenery with a bacon and Champagne dressing. What more could you ask for?