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Ultimate Thanksgiving Green Beans for Beerknurds

Here’s a Beerknurd-friendly recipe that’ll make a green bean fan out of anyone—especially a beer lover. The secret ingredient? Your favorite stout—dry, Baltic porter, imperial (for an extra boozy kick)—that creates a caramelized, coffee-like flavor that perfectly complements the veggies. Plus, you can’t go wrong when you add bacon, potatoes and garlic to the mix. This dish is guaranteed to be a hit at your Thanksgiving feast.


Stout Braised Green Beans 

Courtesy of Matthew Richard, Flying Saucer Sugar Land manager

Serves 4–6 people


  • 5 pounds green beans
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup of your favorite stout beer
  • 2 pounds potatoes, chopped into wedges
  • 2 pounds bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • Garlic, minced (2 cloves or to taste)
  • Salt and pepper


  • Rinse green beans and trim ends
  • In a medium-sized skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium-high heat until shimmering
  • Add green beans and let pan fry for one minute
  • Add stout and sauté for a few minutes, stirring continuously
  • Remove from heat
  • Heat another clean skillet over medium-high heat
  • Add remaining olive oil and heat until shimmering
  • Add potatoes and bacon and cook until potatoes just start to soften
  • Bring water to boil in large pot over medium-high heat
  • Add green beans mixture, potatoes and bacon to pot
  • Let cook for 30–45 minutes, or until potatoes are soft all the way through (check every five minutes)
  • Remove from heat; add fresh garlic, salt and pepper to taste and stir vigorously
  • Let sit for a few minutes
  • Serve warm


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