A lovely side dish made with fresh beans from the garden. The addition of the bacon adds a slightly smoky flavor while the little splash of lemon juice adds a bright, fresh twist.
5 strips bacon, diced
6 button mushrooms, sliced
1/4 onion, diced
5 cups whole green beans, fresh or frozen
1 teaspoon lemon juice
salt and pepper, to taste
In a frying pan, cook the bacon pieces until crispy. Transfer the cooked bacon to a paper towel to drain. Drain the bacon fat from the pan, reserving 1 tablespoon. Add the reserved bacon fat back to the pan. Add the mushrooms and onion. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Over medium heat, saute the mushrooms and onion until the onion is translucent and the mushrooms have released their liquid and have begun to brown.
While the mushrooms and onion are cooking, put the green beans into a microwave safe dish. Add enough water to cover the beans. Cover the dish with a lid or plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 4 minutes. Drain.
Add the drained beans to the pan with the mushrooms and onions. Add the bacon pieces back into the pan. Add the lemon juice. While gently stirring, saute for 2 or 3 minutes . Add additional salt and pepper to taste.