Filipino String Beans and Bacon - Recipe
 
String Beans & Bacon Stir-Fry

In need of a quick go-to recipe during the workweek?

(This one hits the spot!)

As you know Filipinos do NOT measure, so I will give you my best guess on how to prepare this simple dish. The reason behind no measurement is based on your better judgement and the culture. (Yes! I’m mixed. Filipino and African-American, and some.)

So, here’s a little background on the culture of Filipino Cooking…

Growing up, Filipino families didn’t use cookbooks or use technology to this day to create authentic dishes. You had to watch your elders over and over again, until you can skillfully master their ways. (Good luck if you’re trying to make a cookbook!) For me, I watched my Lola, which means Grandma in Tagalog. I was truly blessed to have her raise me at the age of one and learned almost all my life skills through her eyes. My Mom cooks differently than my Lola, so between the both of them I knew I would find my own creation. The fun part about it, is that every Filipino family cooks a little different. There is no wrong way to how a dish is made, just a preference and “secret” ingredients. (NO! I do not mean Accent… no MSG over here.) So, when it came down to family functions - who cooked it better was the unspoken competition. All in good fun! You would then know if you won when the next family function was being planned and everyone had a specific dish to make.

This recipe was taught to me by my Mother, Carolina. (follow her!)


Here’s how TO make it:

Filipino String Beans and Bacon Over White Rice

By Ayla Hintermann | 2019

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  • prep time: 5 minutes
  • cook time: 25 minutes
  • total time: 30 minutes

Servings: 2-3

Ingredients:

  • ingredient 1 - String Beans (1 lb)
  • ingredient 2 - Bacon (5 strips)
  • ingredient 3 - White Rice (1 cup)
  • ingredient 4 - Minced Garlic (3 cloves)
  • condiments - Soy Sauce (2Tbsp), Honey(1/4 cup), Teriyaki Sauce (1Tbsp-optional), Stir-Fry Sauce (2Tbsp-optional)
  • seasonings - Garlic Powder (1tsp-optional), Kosher Salt, Ground Pepper,
  • water

Instructions:

  1. Place two medium-sized deep dish fry pans on medium heat for the string beans and the other for the bacon
  2. Cook rice as instructed on package (12-15 mins)
  3. Add freshly washed and trimmed string beans to one of the fry pans with 1/4 cup of water and let it reduce, occasionally turning (about 5-10 mins)
  4. Place the bacon slices on the 2nd fry pan (about 5 mins per side)
  5. Once the bacon is cooked, set aside
  6. String beans should be softened before adding all seasonings
  7. Once the water is fully reduced, sauté the seasoned string beans using 1-2 Tbsp of reserved bacon oil the string beans with minced garlic (3-4 mins)
  8. Dice up the bacon into pieces while the string beans are sautéing, set aside
  9. Drizzle honey over string beans, stir-in soy sauce and teriyaki sauce
  10. Dash of salt/perpper to taste
  11. Drizzle stir-fry sauce to coat
  12. Toss lightly with bacon and you're done!

*Serve over white rice


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TIPS AND TRICKS FOR STIR-FRY

  • can i use different vegetables?

    Feel free to use your favorite vegetables or whatever you have on hand. ie. Zucchini, broccoli, bell peppers, etc. all sound great!

  • what if i don’t like bacon?

    First off, who doesn’t!? But if in case, you needed to opt for a different protein. Any protein should work! Try swapping for chicken or ground turkey. Or even add more protein to go along with bacon!

  • can i half or up this recipe?

    Absolutely! Just keep in mind the ingredients listed are based at 2-3 servings already. With how much my Wife and I love to eat, it’s almost not enough for us! If you plan to UP this recipe, based on your preferred serving portion you can double or triple the ingredients and your whole family/friends can enjoy!


XO,

AYLA