Runner Beans with Bacon and Garlic

It´s good to have a bean slicing gadget!

A few days ago Big Man came back from a trip to Granada raving about a different kind of tapas he had eaten that day in a bar.  First of all I need to explain all about Granada and tapas.  Granada (the entire province, not just the city) is famed for and rightly proud of its tapas culture.  In most other regions you are asked if you´d like a tapas to accompany your drink and offered a choice.  This can simply be cheese, jamon or olives or quite sophisticated grilled or fried fish, fillets of meat, or potato or seafood salad.

In Granada you don´t get offered, you just get given.  Most bars will have their own specialities and generally their first tapas will be x, the second y and so on.  Of course, if they serve you something you don´t want or like, you can ask for something different.  They even have a word for going out and moving from bar to bar sampling the best they have to offer.  It´s called “tapear”…isn´t that wonderful?  Sounds so much nicer than going on a pub or bar crawl! It also helps with not ending up with a sore head if you drink alcohol as you are eating as you go along.

So, back to the tapas he ate.  Apparently it was runner beans with bacon.  It sounds simple, and it was, but he said it was delicious and fresh and made a lovely change from the usual fare.  After cross questioning him under a spotlight (ok, I made that last bit up) he told me that he thought the beans had been cooked a little first in water, then stir fried with little cubes of bacon.  Then he thought there might have been garlic and couldn´t make his mind up if there had been tomato, but probably not.  What a great way to use up some of my runner bean glut and to get my super marvelous bean shredder out again!

So that was pretty much it.  I sliced my beans finely (I used about 2 cups) and boiled them for a few minutes then drained them.  I diced a couple of slices of smoked streaky bacon which I fried until slightly brown at the edges, threw in two cloves of crushed garlic and the beans and stir fried them for a few minutes more.

Big Man pronounced them even better than the ones in the bar, mainly because I had used some of my precious stock of lovely English bacon supplied by my pals.  And I´m happy as we have a new quick and tasty dish to use up some of our runner beans which we´re currently picking at a rate of about a kilo a day.


28 thoughts on “Runner Beans with Bacon and Garlic

  1. Hi Chica. I have now got visions of you, waving a large wooden spoon, interrogating your lovely man. LOL! “And what else was in it… Tell me!” LOL! This looks rather tasty. Thanks for sharing.
    Florence x

    1. Greg, That’s because they are more boiling the bacon than doing a sauté. I don’t know why that’s the Southern way. It’s crazy.

      This looks fabulous Tanya! Yum!

      1. Thanks JaimeAnne & Greg – they tend to over boil their veg here too. Beans look grey after a “good” cook normally 🙂 Beans and bacon are a perfect match!

  2. A lovely little tapas or as I would make it as a side dish. I unfortunately don’t have your nice little machine for slicing. I do have a sweet husband with great knife skills. I’m sure I can get him to volunteer.

  3. Going to the bar and seeing what tapas was on offer was always my favourite part of the day! I have sampled some amazing and some strange dishes! Your runner beans sound lovely 🙂

  4. Excellent!! Me gusta tapear whenever I go to Spain!! I really liked your recipe since it is simple and tasty!! I love the fresh taste of vegetables with smoked bacon. I wish I could have your bean slicer!!

  5. I love the tapear idea! I think it’s so much more interesting and fun to have small tapas with drinks. Love how big Man tried to explain what he ate; sounds familiar when I’m trying to get info from “non food fanatics” like myself!! I think you did a great job in recreating this!!

    1. Big Man is now getting used to me cross questioning him about food and what he has eaten when he was out….he even stops now to ask if we have to take photos of food in restaurants before we tuck in 🙂

  6. I love the idea of this as it has my favourite condiment (bacon) in the dish 🙂 I have not been on a tapear for a long time …

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  8. Under the spotlight we can get all kinds of information, I sure missed your humor! Big Man is a wonder him and T would get along really good….RaeDi They look delicious!

  9. Since you were talking about tapeando, I kept thinking of my husband’s ghost tour pub crawls. The bartenders just let the groups roam around (as oppose to bringing them drink specials like tapas bars do), because the groups don’t always buy a drink, and like to walk around taking photos or scanning with EMF detectors or temperature gages to see if they capture something paranormal. So, instead of snacks keeping people sober enough to bar hop, talking to the bar tenders about their paranormal experiences do. 😉

  10. Ah, English bacon! So entirely different, isn’t it? I was going to say ‘if there’s one thing I would miss’… but I seldom eat it! I do cook rather a lot of it for the other half though. 🙂

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