Green Beans with Mushrooms and Bacon 2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed 8 bacon slices 3 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms (about 7 oz.) 1/4 cup chopped shallots 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. dried crushed red pepper 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon salt
Preparation 1. Cook beans in boiling salted water to cover in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat 4 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain and set aside. 2. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-low heat until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 1 1/2 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Discard remaining drippings. Crumble bacon. 3. Sauté mushrooms and shallots in hot drippings over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until shallots are tender. Add green beans and crushed red pepper; sauté 1 to 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in crumbled bacon, 1/2 tsp. black pepper, and 1/4 tsp. salt.