I reach for this recipe to serve at most of our special holiday celebrations throughout the entire year. We never ever get tired of the green bean and potatoes flavor combination.
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Green Bean and Potato Salad with a Warm Bacon Vinaigrette
- 1 28 oz package whole frozen green beans or the equivalent of fresh
- 12 small red potatoes
- salt & black pepper
- Bacon Vinaigrette
- 6 slices bacon
- black pepper to taste
- 1 medium shallot (Or ¼ cup red onion) minced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ½ cup red wine vinegar
- ½-2/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- ⅛ tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp coarse sea salt
- Steam the green beans per the instructions on the bag.
- Boil unpeeled whole potatoes, in salted water until fork tender, around 15 minutes.
- Drain well, cut in half. Place both the drained green beans and potato halves into a large mixing bowl and season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Set aside.
- Vinaigrette: Snip the bacon using kitchen shears into a frying pan. Season with freshly ground black pepper. Fry the bacon until crisp, then use a slotted spoon to remove from pan.
- Drain all but 2 Tbsp bacon drippings from pan.
- Add shallot to the pan and saute in the bacon drippings for 1 minute or until tender and golden. Add the minced garlic and saute for about 1 minute.
- Using a stand blender, blend together sugar, red wine vinegar, cooked shallot and garlic, Dijon, thyme, and salt.
- Slowly add the vegetable oil while blending until emulsified and slightly thickened.
- Toss the green beans and halved potatoes with the warm vinaigrette. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper if desired.
- Garnish with crumbled bacon.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.