These green beans with cranberries, bacon and goat cheese are a healthy addition to your Thanksgiving table that doesn’t skimp on flavor.
*This post is sponsored by Sabra for your Friendsgiving feast! All content and opinions are my own.
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While Thanksgiving can be more traditional and structured, Friendsgiving is an opportunity to change things up. Kinda like this Thanksgiving green bean side dish. It’s definitely no traditional green bean casserole! Instead, it’s studded with fresh cranberries, creamy goat cheese and salty crisp bacon crumbles.
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Eating healthy on Thanksgiving is probably one of the last things I’m concerned with but honestly, the marshmallow studded sweet potatoes and creamy, god-knows-what-kind-of canned-soup casseroles do nothing for me.
I’d much rather some veggies dressed up for the occasion but still recognizable as a vegetable.
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And when it comes to green beans, overcooked, mushy or god forbid, from a can (gasp!) are just not gonna cut it. I like them kind of like I like my pasta, al dente.
Cooked yes, but they need to still have a bit of a bite to them.
So let’s talk about what’s going on in this perfect-for-Thanksgiving side dish.
First we’re sautéing the green beans in bacon grease. No blanching necessary.
I really hate blanching vegetables it’s just another pot to clean and it annoys me how long it takes to boil water for them only to be in there for like a minute so I avoid this cooking method at all costs. Not to mention, it’s just unnecessary because you can throw a lid on a skillet and steam them – a much quicker approach and dish clean up stays at 1.
If the lovely flavor the bacon grease imparts hasn’t convinced you, we then add fresh cranberries to the mix because 1. they’re festive and 2. their tart punch goes lovely with the salty bacon we crumble on top.
Goat cheese is the last element and I love how it softens and adds just a little bit of creamy texture to the dish.
Feta crumbles would be great too if you’re not a fan of goat cheese.
There’s really nothing complicated about these Thanksgiving green beans, in fact, the dish comes together in under 20 minutes, but there’s something about the finished dish that makes it feel fancier than your normal dinner fare.
It’s got the elegance for a holiday meal (it’d be great for Christmas dinner too!) with the ease of a weeknight dinner side dish – kinda the best of both worlds.
And one more win for the Thanksgiving crowd – it doesn’t take up precious oven space since it’s made all on the stove-top.
You can even make this ahead of time and just warm up right before dinner if you wanted to (see the note in the recipe for that).
Below is a fun sample Thanksgiving menu these green beans with cranberries, bacon and goat cheese would go well with. Enjoy!
*You can do this step in two batches if your skillet isn't large enough. Just reserve some bacon grease for the second batch before adding the green beans. **This dish can be made ahead of time and just warmed up in the oven for a few minutes before serving. If making ahead, leave the goat cheese off until serving.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 99Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 199mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 6g
*You can do this step in two batches if your skillet isn't large enough. Just reserve some bacon grease for the second batch before adding the green beans.
**This dish can be made ahead of time and just warmed up in the oven for a few minutes before serving. If making ahead, leave the goat cheese off until serving.