Last Updated on July 7, 2019 by Ellen Christian
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Check out this easy Blue Lake beans recipe with potatoes! You can have it on the table fast using your Instant Pot or pressure cooker. I hate heating up the kitchen in the summer. But, I still want to have a healthy dinner on the table at the end of the day. My Instant Pot is the perfect solution!
Blue Lake Beans Recipe With Potatoes
So, this Blue Lake beans recipe is the perfect side dish for any type of meat. It goes great with a ham steak which can be pan-fried to keep the heat down in the kitchen. If your garden is overrun with green beans, this is something different to try.
What is a Blue Lake green bean?
Blue Lake green beans are a variety of green bean that is dark green, stringless, and firm. They produce abundant crops and each bean is generally 6 to 7 inches in length. You can certainly use a different variety of green bean if that is what you have.
So, this Blue Lake beans recipe uses fresh green beans. When you cook things in the Instant Pot, you want to start with fresh ingredients so that they retain their firmness. If you use canned green beans or frozen green beans (which are generally blanched), they may get too soft. If you’re asking yourself “Can you overcook green beans?” the answer is yes. And, that is what will happen if you don’t use fresh green beans in this recipe.
How do you make canned green beans taste better?
So, if you happen to have canned green beans on hand that you want to make taste better, you have a few different options. You can add a tiny it of olive oil or butter along with some onions, bacon or garlic. And, of course, add a little bit of salt and pepper. Or, if you are avoiding salt, you can try adding a salt substitute. They heat up so quickly that there is no sense in putting then in the Instant Pot to cook. If you want a canned green beans recipe, try this recipe from Loaves and Dishes. But, I would not use them in this Blue Lake beans recipe.
How long does it take to cook this?
One of the reasons that I love my Instant Pot is that I can have dinner on the table so quickly. This Blue Lakes beans recipe will take about 20 minutes from the start of gathering ingredients until it’s done. That’s about the same time that it takes me to cook up a ham steak on the stove so it’s a great combination.
First, you will cook the bacon and deglaze the Instant Pot. Then, you will add the potatoes and the green beans along with the seasonings. Then you pressure cook it for about 5 minutes, do a quick release, stir and serve. So, it really doesn’t get much easier than that.
What can I use instead of bacon?
I love the taste that cooking with bacon brings. But, if you’d prefer to use something else, you can try diced ham. It won’t be the same flavor and you may need to add a bit of oil to the Instant Pot. I wouldn’t leave the bacon out entirely as it would change the taste. So, if you want another Blue Lake beans recipe, try this recipe for Blue Lake Green Beans with oranges and almonds.
Other vegetable side dishes
- Roasted asparagus lemon recipe
- Pickled beets with honey
- Easy pickled asparagus
- Roasted radishes with honey
- Sweet corn salsa recipe with black beans
- Broccoli salad with bacon
- Butternut squash with maple
- Maple glazed carrots with bacon
What do I need for this Blue Lake beans recipe?
So, this recipe is fairly simple to make. For equipment, you will simply need an Instant Pot or pressure cooker along with a spatula and a spoon to stir. For ingredients, you will need the Blue Lake green beans, bacon, red-skinned potatoes, chicken stock or bouillon, and seasonings. Now, if you don’t have red-skinned potatoes, you can substitute the thin yellow-skinned potatoes instead. The taste should be fairly similar. Finally, I wouldn’t use the thicker skin Russet type potatoes because they won’t cook the same. But, you could try it if you want to.
- 8 strips bacon, cut into small pieces
- ¾ cup chicken stock
- 2 pounds red potatoes, quartered
- 1 ½ pounds fresh green beans, ends removed
- 2 teaspoon parsley
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- Set Instant Pot to Saute and place bacon inside. Cook bacon until crisp, then remove bacon from Instant Pot leaving grease in the bottom of the pot.
- Turn off Instant Pot and add chicken stock. Using a spatula, deglaze pot by scraping off stuck-on bacon pieces from bottom of pot.
- Add potatoes and green beans. Season with parsley, salt and pepper. Stir to combine and coat ingredients with stock and bacon grease.
- Place lid on Instant Pot and seal vent. Set pot to pressure cook for 6 minutes. When cooking time is up, do a quick release and remove lid. Add bacon and stir to combine.
You are going to love this easy Blue Lake beans recipe!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 253Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 679mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 6gSugar: 6gProtein: 12g
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