These easy bacon beans & greens are the perfect way to use greens from your garden. Serve as a hearty side dish or as a main course.
When I heard this week’s Sunday Supper theme was bacon, I had planned to go hog wild (haha bad joke). However vacation was around the corner and I had a big bunch of kale and swiss chard taunting me from the garden. My husband is annoyed that I plant these two greens every year because he says I never use them. Well today I did use them (so there Rick) to make this easy bacon beans & greens dish and wow was it good!
I’m no stranger to bacon. My son and I actually had a serious discussion about what wouldn’t go with bacon. We had a hard time finding an answer to that one. I have so many bacon recipes on my site but here are a few of my favorites.
Beans and greens are a rather new dish to me. It’s not something I grew up with nor have I had it in many restaurants. So while this dish came out awesome, I’m not sure it’s the right way to make beans and greens. I just know that it’s easy and it tastes great. It has bacon in it, so how can it be bad?
This dish, to me, can be a full meal. As a matter of fact I ate this for lunch and dinner I liked it so much. The kale and swiss chard grow easily in my garden so I’ll be making this dish a lot (that should please Rick). FYI I used 4 tightly packed cups of these greens but they shrivel down a lot.
To make this dish, you start with frying the bacon. I used a thick cut because I wanted bigger pieces in my dish. After it’s cooked, take out the bacon for later and sauted the onion, greens and garlic. When they are almost ready, add in the beans and the bacon. Start to finish this took less than 20 minutes.
Easy Bacon Beans & Greens
So that is my entry for this week’s bacon theme. I can’t wait to see what my friends at Sunday Supper came up with. Luckily for me I have a Bacon board on my Pinterest page so I’m ready to add some great dishes to it! Click next page icon below for more bacon recipes and special thanks to Erica of The Crumby Cupcake for hosting this week!
- 4 pieces of thick bacon
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced
- 4 cups greens (tightly packed)
- 2 cloves of garlic, sliced
- 1 cup beans (navy or cannellini)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- In a saute pan, fry bacon until done to your liking. I like it crispy myself.
- Take out and set aside.
- Add the onion to the pan and saute until starting to caramelize and brown.
- Chop your greens into small pieces and to pan along with the garlic.
- Let the greens cook down a bit (maybe 5 minutes).
- Add beans, salt and pepper
- Cook for 5 minutes more.
- Take off the stove, add in bacon and serve.