picnic fresh italian green beans

picnic fresh italian green beans

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Picnics! They come in so many versions. I mean you can have a picnic just about anywhere at anytime. If you’re doing a road trip, pack some eats, and find a cool place to pull off the road and have a picnic. If you’re taking a hike, stop in a shaded special spot with some tree stumps or rocks as your table or seats and have a picnic. If you’re off roading in the mountains in the backcountry during the summer, load up supplies and have a picnic at the summit next to the alpine lake (yes, we’ve done that and it’s glorious!!). Taking a walk in the park? Why not pack a backpack for a solo picnic! And, there’s nothing better to take on your picnic with whatever you’re eating than these picnic fresh italian green beans.

Now, I don’t like my vegetables cooked to death. I mean it’s really like ‘death’ if you cook them too long. They lose their color. Their texture can become mushy. And, they just lose some of their nutrients. Yes, like dying. Bad deal. According Livestrong, eating veggies in their natural raw state is best. But, we know we aren’t going to do that with green beans, so reducing the amount of time you cook and the way you cook them, and, in this case, we’re basically ‘steaming/sauteing’ them, does help preserve the healthiness for your sweet littl’ ol body!

Give this recipe a try. You’re gonna see that there’re so many ways to use the leftovers. My head spins with the possibilities! xoxo ~ally

picnic fresh italian green beans

picnic fresh italian green beans

Yield: A Bunch of Folks (8+)


  • 2 lbs. fresh long green beans, ends trimmed
  • ¼ cup bacon drippings, reserve bacon, crumble for garnish, if desired
  • 1 ½ tsp. sea salt
  • 1 ½ tsp. coarse ground pepper
  • ½ tsp. red chili flakes
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 large lemon, cut into wedges


  • Put the beans in a large mixing bowl. Toss with the bacon drippings, salt, pepper, chili flakes and Italian seasoning. Coat all the beans well.
  • Use a large cast iron skillet (10-12”) on medium heat. Pour the seasoned beans in. Take a rubber spatula and scrape out all the good stuff from the mixing bowl and put in the skillet.
  • Cover with a lid and cook the beans about 15-18 minutes using tongs to toss, blend and evenly cook. Remove from heat, keep covered, squeeze lemon juice on the beans and let the beans continue cooking in the steam.
  • Beans will be al dente (with a slight crunch) but nice and vibrantly green. If you want your beans more tender, then simply cook a little more.


Hey, y'all! These green beans are aahhhhmazing even cold! Yes, they are to die for!!

Here's a great idea! Serve any leftover green beans, chop them into to about 2" pieces, for breakfast with eggs...big YUM!!

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