The maple-dijon flavour combo is amazing and I enjoy using it in a lot of recipe including side dishes like this maple dijon green beans with bacon, candied pecans and goat cheese! The recipe is as simple as tossing the cooked green beans in the maple-dijon sauce along with the bacon, pecans and cheese! I like to either steam or pan fry/roast the green beans and I tend to decide based on the other dishes in the meal to make things as easy as possible. You can change things up by using different sweeteners, like honey, different nuts, cheeses, etc. to keep things interesting! These maple dijon green beans with bacon, candied pecans and goat cheese are the perfect side for any occasion from a weeknight meal to Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner!
Maple Dijon Green Beans with Bacon, Candied Pecans and Goat Cheese
Green beans tossed in a tasty maple-dijon sauce and topped with crispy bacon, crunchy candied pecans and creamy goat cheese!
- 1 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed
- 4 strips bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 small onions, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
- 2 teaspoons white miso paste (optional)
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce (or tamari)
- 2 teaspoons rice vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
- 1/4 cup candied pecans (see below)
- 1/4 cup goat cheese (or feta) crumbled
- Blanch the green beans by simmering them in water or steaming them until bright green and just tender/crisp, and drain.
- Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a pan over medium heat until crispy and set aside on paper towels to drain.
- Add the onion to the pan and cook in the bacon grease until tender, about 5-7 minutes, before adding the garlic and cooking until fragrant, about a minute.
- Add the green beans and the mixture of the maple syrup, mustards, miso paste, soy sauce and vinegar and toss to coat.
- Serve the green beans topped with the crumbled bacon, pecans and cheese.
Option: Omit bacon and use 1 tablespoon oil to cook the onions in step 2.
Option: Add sriracha to the maple dijon sauce.
Toasted pecans coated in crispy sweet candy coating!
- 1 cup pecans, chopped
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Cook everything in a no-stick pan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar has melted and coated the nut and then cook for 4 minutes more.
- Place on parchment paper or a baking sheet, separate with forks and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
Option: Add salt!
Option: Add spices like cinnamon or chili powder!
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