NUTTY GREEN BEANS AND ASPARAGUS WITH BACON

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Ingredients

  • 1 large lemon
  • 1 lb. green beans, trimmed
  • 2 lb. asparagus, trimmed
  • 5 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 medium shallots, finely chopped
  • 1/4 c. chopped pecans

Directions

  1. From lemon, grate all zest and squeeze 1⁄4 cup juice; set aside.
  2. Heat large covered saucepot salted water to boiling on high. Add green beans; cook 1 minute. Add asparagus; cook 2 to 4 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Drain well.
  3. While water is heating, in 10-inch skillet, cook bacon on medium 8 minutes or until crisp, stirring occasionally. With slotted spoon, transfer bacon to small plate. To rendered fat in skillet, add shallots; cook 3 minutes, stirring. Whisk in reserved lemon juice and 1⁄2 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
  4. In pot used to cook vegetables, toss shallot mixture with vegetables; transfer to serving platter. Top with bacon, pecans and reserved lemon zest.