Easy Crack Green Beans


Crack Green Beans

Crack green beans are a very easy side dish that tastes delightfully sweet and savory. This side dish is easy to make and can pair perfectly with most any dinner. No matter if you are looking simply for a side dish or preparing your holiday meal list. This recipe is one you have got to try!

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What Are Crack Green Beans?

Crack green beans is a type of green bean dish that is made with green beans, bacon, and is topped with a sweet and savory sauce. Cracked green beans make the perfect side dish for any meal, or even to make for your holiday, this is a great dish because it is easy to make, and does not take much time.

Roasted Green Beans with Bacon

Crack green beans are a type of roasted green beans topped with bacon. This sweet and savory recipe is a type of Arkansas green beans, that is traditionally southern style, and tastes fabulous. 

This side dish is so easy to prepare, and it tastes amazing, you really should add this to your list of recipes to try out. No matter if you’re looking for a simple side dish or something to go with your holiday meal, this one is perfect for you!

How Many Green Beans Per Person

We’re making crack green beans, or green bean casserole it’s important to know how many green beans you should make per person so that there is enough to go around. The type of green beans you use will vary for the measurements. 

Canned – on average, we estimate that a 12-ounce can of green beans serves approximately two adults. 

Frozen or Fresh – when using fresh or frozen green beans, you can typically estimate that one handful of green beans will serve one person. Typically, your average adult can hold between 15 and 20 green beans in a hand. 

Crack Green Beans Recipe

Green Beans. For crack green beans you can use fresh, frozen, or canned green beans. Traditionally, canned cut green beans is what is used in this recipe, however if you have another kind of green beans you can use that as well.

If you are using fresh or frozen green beans, it may be a good idea to blanch your green beans before adding them to this recipe. 

Bacon. We recommend having your bacon pre-cooked and cooled. Cut your bacon into small slices, and set it aside so that it is ready to use in this recipe. 

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Crack Sauce Recipe

Brown Sugar

Salted Butter

Soy Sauce (or Worcestershire sauce)

Minced Garlic 

How to Make Crack Green Beans

First begin by draining the liquid from your cans of green beans. If you are using fresh or frozen green beans blanch your green beans first.

Lightly grease a 9 x 9 baking dish with cooking spray. Add your green beans and sprinkle your chopped bacon on top. 

In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt your butter. When the butter is melted add brown sugar, garlic, and soy sauce. Stir until mixed, and your sugar is melted. 

Pour your mixture over the green beans and bacon. Lightly toss to coat the mixture.  

Put the green beans in the oven at 350°F and bake for approximately 30 to 40 minutes. 

Remove from the oven, serve while hot, and enjoy! 

Storing & Reheating Crack Green Beans

This crack green bean casserole is going to be best when it is enjoyed fresh from the oven. However, if needed it can be stored for later. 

Room Temperature. Crack green bean casserole should not be left at room temperature for any more than two hours before it goes bad. 

Fridge. After your crack green beans have cooled, they may be refrigerated for up to 3 to 4 days. To refrigerate, transfer them to an air-tight container or seal them in a plastic storage bag then place them into your fridge. 

Freezer. We do not recommend freezing your crack green beans once they have been cooked. Your green beans are likely to end up mushy and slimy once frozen. 

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Green Beans Substitute

If you want to use something other than green beans for this recipe? Believe it or not, green beans can be substituted for a few other vegetables. Other vegetables that will work for this recipe include asparagus and carrots. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you prepare green beans the night before?

You can assemble these green beans the night before. However, to do this we recommend preparing your sauce separately, and green beans and bacon separately.

Then when you are ready to bake the green beans, combine the sauce with the beans before baking. This way your green beans will not become mushy. 

How to wash and trim green beans?

If you are using fresh green beans, you will want to first wash your green beans in cold water then allow them to dry or pat them dry. Then snap off the ends of your green beans before they are blanched. After blanching the fresh green beans you can add them to this recipe. 

Can you use frozen green beans in this casserole?

Yes, you can use frozen green beans for this recipe if desired. You can simply pull your frozen green beans out of the freezer and toss them with the bacon before combining your casserole.

Or if desired you can blanch your green beans for a moment to thaw them out if desired. When using frozen green beans blanching is not required. 

Can You Freeze Crack Green Beans?

We do not recommend that you freeze crack green beans as they are likely to turn out mushy and not very desirable. 

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Cracked Green Beans

Cracked green beans are a very easy side dish to make that taste deliciously sweet and savory. This casserole recipe it’s so easy to prepare and makes the perfect side dish for any meal. Be sure to give it a try today, and let us know what you think! 

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