Prep:  15 minutes
Cook:  40 minutes
Serves:  4
Average: 3.7 (25 votes)
This easy green beans recipe with Australian chestnuts is a quick side dish and healthy vegetable option for dinner. Serve this green beans recipe as a side dish to poultry or a traditional baked dinner. Ready in just 30 minutes it's also great for simple weeknight meals.

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Chestnut and Bacon Green Beans
Roasted chestnuts
Chestnut and Bacon Green Beans
Roasted chestnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced). Cut a shallow cross into the flat side of each chestnut shell
  2. Place prepared chestnuts onto a baking tray and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the shells split open
  3. Once cooked, remove chestnuts from the heat and wrap in a clean tea towel for 5 to 10 minutes. While chestnuts are still warm, quickly peel off the outer brown shell and remove the papery thin skin underneath
Chestnut and Bacon Green Beans
  1. Heat oil into a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add bacon and cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes. Add garlic and chestnuts and cook, stirring often, for 2-3 minutes or until chestnuts are golden and bacon is crisp
  2. Meanwhile, plunge beans into a medium saucepan of boiling water, cover and bring to the boil. Cook beans for 2-3 minutes or until just tender. Drain beans
  3. Add beans to chestnut mixture. Toss over heat until well combined. Season to taste. Sprinkle with lemon rind and serve
Tips & Hints:
  • The chestnut & bacon mixture also teams well with steamed cauliflower, carrots, Brussels sprouts and broccolini.
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