Nov 12
2014

Sesame Green Beans with Bacon and Chestnuts + 6 more Thanksgiving Recipes & A Giveaway!

in Fruits & Vegetables, Japanese, Side Dish, Thanksgiving

Sesame Green Beans with Bacon and Chestnuts

15 more days until Thanksgiving Day here in the US!  Are you ready?  If you’re not, never fear!  Between now and the time you sit down to begin your Thanksgiving meal I plan on sharing some ideas and recipes that will help you nail down a meal plan.  It was three years ago (although it feels like yesterday) that a group of Southern California bloggers gathered at the home of my friend Patti Londre to have an early Thanksgiving feast, not only so that we could set aside some time to give thanks for our friendships, but also so that we could bring our readers a spread of new recipes for their own Thanksgiving meal repertoires (and oh the fun that we had when the LA Times showed up to cover it!).  I’ve been feeling a bit homesick for my California blogger family, and have been so grateful for the new friends I’ve been making here.  This year the Harmons bloggers got together to do something similar!

Photo Credit: Becky Rosenthal of Vintage Mixer

Photo Credit: Becky Rosenthal of Vintage Mixer

The spread was beautiful, and today we’re sharing all of those recipes with you.  On top of all of the recipes, we’re giving away FIVE (yep 5!) $100 Harmons gift cards to help 5 lucky winners out with holiday grocery shopping.  So after you’ve drooled over this amazing spread, enter the giveaway (details after my recipe)!

Photo Credit: Caroline Drake of Armelle Blog

Photo Credit: Caroline Drake of Armelle Blog

Photo Credit: Caroline Drake of Armelle Blog

Photo Credit: Caroline Drake of Armelle Blog

Photo Credit: Caroline Drake of Armelle Blog

Photo Credit: Caroline Drake of Armelle Blog

Photo Credit: Caroline Drake of Armelle Blog

Photo Credit: Caroline Drake of Armelle Blog

And last, but not least, Sesame Green Beans with Bacon and Chestnuts, from yours truly. I wasn’t actually able to attend the Thanksgiving gathering, due to some scheduling conflicts, but luckily get to contribute virtually. While I was trying to decide what to make, I made some ingen no goma-ae (green beans with sesame sauce) for Squirrel’s school lunch bento, and I thought, wait! Something like this would actually be perfect for a Thanksgiving lineup!  It is such a beautifully simple way to dress up the amazing green beans from Harmons’ produce section, but of course, I can’t leave well-enough alone, so I added two more of my favorite things to the mix: bacon and roasted chestnuts.  The result is a dish that is a bit savory and a bit sweet, all while celebrating the flavors of the season.

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Sesame Green Beans with Bacon and Chestnuts

Makes 8 servings

24 ounces green beans, cut in half crosswise
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
4 teaspoons honey
2 tablespoon soy sauce
8 ounces bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
6 ounces roasted and peeled chestnuts, roughly chopped*

1. Grind the sesame seeds using a mortar and pestle, then mix the ground seeds with the honey and soy sauce to form a thick sauce, then set the sauce aside.

2. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the green beans to the pot and cook them until they are tender, but still firm, about 3 to 5 minutes. Drain the beans and allow them to cool in a colander.

3. Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the bacon pieces to the pan and cook until the bacon fat is starting to melt and sizzle. Add the chopped chestnuts and continue cooking until the bacon is cooked through and crispy, then remove the pan from the heat and let the bacon and chestnuts cool slightly, then drain off the excess fat.

4. Toss the green beans with the toasted sesame sauce then add the bacon and chestnuts and toss again. Serve.

*Recipe Notes: You can roast your own chestnuts, or save oodles of time by buying them pre-roasted and peeled.

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Fuji Nana November 12, 2014 at 8:32 am

Yum yum yum yum! I pinned every single recipe. Thanks for doing my Thanksgiving menu planning for me. Your green beans look scrumptious, and so does everything else!

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) November 12, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Yay! I’ve got a plateful of recipes still to come!

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Chrisjones November 12, 2014 at 8:53 am

This looks delicious! It’s going on my pinterest, too.

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) November 12, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Thank goodness for Pinterest, right? :-)

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Becky November 12, 2014 at 1:46 pm

I love everything in this recipe!!! We missed you at the big meal but hope you are doing well!

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Rust November 12, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Rachael, could you check my entries please? I entered 20 (same as the count on the bottom of the form) but at the top of the form its says I have 14 entries. Thank you!

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Mimi Avocado November 14, 2014 at 8:21 am

What a tasty Thanksgiving table you have set! Love those green beans. My mom always cooked green beans with bacon (coming from the South)…can’t wait to try your version!

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KalynsKitchen November 16, 2014 at 10:27 am

I remember that LA Thanksgiving!

The sesame green beans sound wonderful, my kind of food!

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