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Old 07-28-2012, 01:00 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Default Italian Green Beans Like LaDonna's Cafe

Italian Green Beans Like LaDonna's Cafe

This is from a restaurant Mern and DH went to. The owner wouldn't give me the recipe but he was kind enough to confirm ingredients I guess, but not the quantities. DH agrees it's a good copy-cat recipe.

Note: best if cooked ahead of time and allowed to set in own juices for a couple hours or more before reheating and adding the crumbled bacon.

3 slices bacon
1/2 small onion, sliced thin and then rough chopped
12 oz. frozen Italian green beans
2 tsp. low sodium bouillon powder dissolved in 1 cup water OR 1 cup beef broth
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. light/low sodium soy sauce such as Bragg's
another tsp. low sodium beef bouillon powder--added dry for added seasoning
salt substitute to taste, if needed

1. Fry bacon in skillet. Remove bacon, set aside, keep grease in skillet.
2. Caramelize onion in the bacon grease. Keeping bacon grease in skillet again, remove and set aside the caramelized onion. 3. Add to skillet Italian green beans, beef broth (either broth or bouillon powder dissolved in water) and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil, cover, and cook until beans are to desired tenderness.
4. Add back the carmelized onion, the extra teaspoon bouillon powder and the soy sauce and season with additional salt substitute if necessary, but remember crumbled bacon will also add some saltiness.

If serving later, cool and refrigerate the beans and the bacon seperately until serving time.

5. Rewarm the beans if cooked earlier. Before serving, crumble bacon over top.
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