Green Beans with Bacon (Firehouse Green Beans)

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  • Step aside green bean casserole, Firehouse Green Beans with Bacon are an easy, last-minute side dish for holidays with the best blend of garlic, parmesan and bacon that will have green bean haters begging for the recipe!

    green beans with bacon

    I’ve always prided myself on sharing recipes that I make for my family and friends, photographed just minutes before we devour them, rather than styled photos on a “set.” Honestly, I love the beautifully styled images that bloggers take of their dishes, but I try to share the authenticity with you – sometimes that results in shaky photographs because someone is tugging on my leg or the natural light is fading.

    I have never shared some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes with you for this reason! The hustle of preparing for guests and fading light have left me without photos of my favorite side dishes.

    Yesterday, much to Chris’ delight, we had a Thanksgiving practice run so that I could make and photograph these dishes. A turkey-less Thanksgiving! I’ve never been a huge fan of turkey anyway. I’m going to kick it off with Firehouse Green Beans.

    I call them that because years ago, my family traveled out of town on Thanksgiving and I joined a friend’s family. One family member, a fireman, prepared the best green beans I’d ever had. He said they were a staple at his firehouse, I immediately knew why! They were the first green beans I liked! They’re incredibly quick and easy to make.

    Easy green beans with bacon

    Sautéed Green Beans – Add Flavor with Ease!

    These Sautéed Green Beans with Bacon are so incredibly easy to make and require just a few ingredients: butter, minced garlic, shallot, bacon pieces and French Cut green beans with parmesan to garnish.

    Yes, you can make this with fresh green beans, which I usually prefer, but I’ve tried both fresh and canned (this is one of our favorite and most frequently made side dishes) and I highly recommend using canned French Cut green beans. It’s an easy canned green bean recipe you’ll make again and again!

    The shallot and garlic flavor sautéed Green Beans with Bacon allows all the flavors to seep in for a memorable last minute side dish.

    This recipe is full of cheats and it’s so delicious, no one will know! It’s also one of the few occasions I use grated parmesan rather than fresh grating it myself. You’re going to love this 10 minute side dish! Once you make it, don’t forget to write a five star review and help me share on Facebook and Pinterest!

    Learn how to make Firehouse Green Beans with Bacon in the video in this post.

    What to Serve Green Beans with Bacon With:

    These sautéed green beans with bacon pair well with chicken, turkey and steak!

    sauteed green beans with bacon

    Onto the Printable Green Beans with Bacon recipe (I lovingly Call Firehouse Green Beans:

    The best green beans recipe - quick, easy & full of flavor! A great side for Thanksgiving & Christmas or dinner!
    5 from 6 votes

    Firehouse Green Beans


    • 3 Tbsp butter
    • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
    • 1/2 shallot minced
    • 1/2 package real bacon pieces
    • 2 cans french cut green beans strained
    • 1/2 c parmesan


    1. On medium low heat, add butter, garlic, shallot & bacon to pan. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    2. Add green beans, increase heat to medium, stirring frequently until hot.
    3. Garnish with parmesan & serve.

    What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish? A few of our other faves are Baked Brie, Sweet Potato Casserole, Cheesy Corn Bake and Caramel Pecan Pie.


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    This recipe was originally shared November 2014 and updated October 2018

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