Quick Green Beans with Bacon


Bits of bacon and onion dress up the green beans in this easy-to-prepare side dish. These beans lend a crisp fresh flavor to any meal. They're best when served hot. - Mari Anne Warren Milton, Wisconsin

  • Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Yield: 8 serving 


  • 4 bacon strips, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 8 cups fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large skillet, cook bacon and onion over medium heat until bacon is crisp and onion is tender.
  • Meanwhile, place beans in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain well. Add to bacon mixture. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss to coat. Yield: 8 servings.

Judy's Mashed Potatoes ... taste like twice baked

  • 1 5# pound bag of potatoes (golden or russet are fine)
  • ½ stick of margarine
  • 1 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2 pkgs of dry HIDDEN VALLEY ranch dressing (powder form)
  • ½ cup mayo
  • 1 small can of mushrooms (bits and pcs)
  • a little milk of needed
  • 1 pkg extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • Bake the potatoes at 375 for 1 ½ hours.
  • Remove from oven and scoop out and place all potato insides in extra large mixing bowl.
  • Add all ingredients except mushrooms and cheese.  Use the juice from the can of mushrooms to mash (you may need a little milk too)
  • Mix well to a nice mashed consistency.  Fold mushrooms in.  Place in large casserole dish (I like to use a covered one like a deep oval one).
  • Grate 10 –12 ozs of cheddar cheese and place on top
  • Cover and cook for 1 hour at 350 or Microwave uncovered for 20 minutes stirring every 5.