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Haricots Verts with Prosciutto

I’m always looking for new ways to make vegetables for my family. I could eat just about any vegetable cooked any way, but I am challenged with getting greens into the kids. I gave these haricots verts with prosciutto a try with the hopes that the kids would eat them since they were similar to garlic green beans, with a few extra yummy ingredients. After I assured them that the prosciutto was not plain ham, they dug right in! 

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 15 min; Cook Time – 15 min.


1 pound haricots verts, trimmed

4-6 slices prosciutto (skin on), diced

1 tsp. olive oil

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1/4 c. panko breadcrumbs

Kosher Salt

Fresh Ground Pepper

Lemon Wedges (if desired)

Preparing Haricots Verts with Prosciutto:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the haricots verts. Cook about 3-4 minutes. Drain and immediately put them in an bowl of ice water to halt the cooking process. Drain again and dry thoroughly on a paper towel.

In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the prosciutto and cook until crisp, about 6-8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, drain on a paper towel. Add the garlic to the drippings in the pan and cook for 1 minute. Add the panko and cook, stirring constantly until toasted, about 1 additional minute. 

Add the haricots verts back to the skillet and mix all ingredients well. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired. 

Haricots Verts with Prosciutto

Important Tips:

Don’t forget to “shock your green beans”, otherwise they will end up mushy. 


If you don’t have prosciutto, you could substitute bacon or pancetta for the meat. 

Meal Ideas:

I served this with balsamic chicken breasts and a simple baked potato.


Menu Idea: Spicy Roasted Chicken, Bacon Wrapped Green Beans, Caprese Salad

Easy Menu Ideas


I was feeling in a mood to really cook a few weekends ago and came up with this menu. It takes a bit of planning and a lot of this can be done early so you can enjoy your company and not be in the kitchen the whole time! This menu works really well if you have two ovens since you need to cook 3 dishes simultaneously!


Marinated Olives

Prosciutto Cups

Cheese and Crackers


Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Blue Ridge Grill’s Corn Souffle

Grilled Green Tomato Caprese Salad

Spicy Roasted Chicken

Total Cook Time:

Appetizer: 15 minutes

Dinner: About an hour

Shopping List:


green beans


spread butter



heavy cream



green and yellow tomatoes

sliced mozzarella cheese



frozen spinach



Do you have this in your pantry, if not, add to shopping list:

green olives

black olives


crackers (not saltines)

light brown sugar

olive oil


ground black pepper




cayenne pepper


all purpose flour


baking powder

white balsamic vinegar


crushed red pepper

bay leaf



Two days before, you need to make the olives since they marinate for 2 days. If you want, you can make the bacon wrapped green beans the day before to save time. Just make sure you cover it well with plastic wrap. You can also prepare the prosciutto cups early.

Marinate the tomatoes up to 3 or 4 hours before you plan to eat.

Two hours before your guests arrive:

* Take the olives out of the refrigerator and place the desired amount you want to serve in a colander over the sink so the excess oil can drain.

* If you need a refresher on how to carve a chicken, watch our video.

An hour before your guests arrive:

* Take out the prosciutto cups and bring up to room temperature. Preheat the oven.

* Clean and season the chicken. Set aside.

* Get your serving pieces and utensils ready.

Thirty minutes before your guests arrive:

* Set out cheese and crackers (did you know that cheese tastes completely different at room temperature and that is the temperature it should always be served)

* Set out your appetizer plates and napkins

* Put olives in serving bowl

* Take green beans out to bring up to room temperature

Fifteen minutes before your guests arrive:

* Put prosciutto cups in the oven

* Prepare the corn and put in casserole dish

Final preparation before guests arrive:

* The prosciutto cups should be ready around the time your guests arrive. Take them out and plate them. It’s ok if they sit for a bit. They are perfectly fine at room temperature.

* Take a look around for any last minute clean up. I prefer to clean as I go since the kitchen is where most people spend their time.

* Pour yourself a drink if you haven’t already done so!

An hour and a half before you want to eat:

* Put the chicken in the oven

An hour before you want to eat:

* Put the corn in the oven

A half hour before you want to eat:

* Preheat the grill

* Put the green beans in the oven

Final preparation before eating:

* Take the chicken out when it’s done cooking and let rest

* Grill the tomatoes

* Take corn and green beans out. Place beans on serving platter

* Carve chicken

* Arrange tomatoes and mozzarella on serving platter and garnish.







Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Here is another recipe that my awesome sister shared with me a while ago. These bacon wrapped green beans are easy to make, great for a crowd, kid friendly and fabulous. What more can you ask for in a dish? Oh..and they also look like they are a lot of hard work and will certainly impress your guests!

We created this fun video to help teach you how to make these little bundles of joy.

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 20min; Cook Time – 30 minutes


1 pound of green beans, trimmed, washed and broken in half

1 pound of bacon (not thick cut or maple…just regular bacon)

1/4 cup light brown sugar

spread butter

cooking spray

Special Equipment and Other Items Needed:


Baking Sheet

Preparing Bacon Wrapped Green Beans:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Cut the bacon in half. Lay the strips of bacon flat on the baking sheet, about 1/2 inch apart. Sprinkle brown sugar on the bacon, pushing lightly to make sure it sticks to the bacon.

Green beans wrapped in bacon and brown sugar

Put about 3-5 green beans at the edge of the bacon and roll. Place seam side down. Take about a 1/2 teaspoon of butter and put on each side of the bundle. Repeat with remaining bacon and beans.

Green beans wrapped in bacon and brown sugar

Cook for 30 minutes, or until bacon is crispy. Serve immediately.

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Important Tips:

If you leave the bacon out for about 20 minutes before using it, you will be able to stretch it more easily around the beans.

Menu idea: Easy Chicken Piccata, Noodle Rice, Garlic Green Beans

Easy Menu IdeasMcNack’s Kitchen is dedicated to providing you quality, easy and healthy menu ideas. This one is fairly easy and can be done during the week (especially with the chicken shortcut listed in the piccata recipe).


Easy Chicken Piccata
Garlic Green Beans
Noodle Rice

Total Cook Time:

about 45 minutes

Shopping List:

6 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
White Wine
2 Lemons
1 Bunch Parsely
1 lb Fresh Green Beans

Do you have this in your pantry, if not, add to shopping list:

Long grain rice
Vermicelli or thin spaghetti
Olive Oil (1/2 cup)
Flour (1 1/2 cups)
Garlic (4-6 cloves)
Butter (about 1 stick)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Pot of water to boil for green beans (will reuse pot for noodle rice)
Prep green beans while setting water to boil
Shock green beans
Prep skillet for chicken
Bread chicken while oil comes to temperature
Saute chicken
Make pan sauce for piccata
Slice lemons while pan sauce reduces
Put chicken in dish for oven
Prep pot for noodle rice
Saute noodles
Add water, rice, etc for noodle rice and cook according to recipe
Prepare green beans skillet with butter, oil and garlic
Remove chicken from oven when noodle rice has about 5 minutes left
Cook green beans
Serve it all and enjoy!!!!

Garlic Green Beans

Not only are these garlic green beans easy to make, but adults and kids both love them and they are perfect for a crowd! These are actually my daughter’s favorite vegetable, so I try to make them about once a week. I made them a few days ago for some friends and one of them asked if she could have the leftovers. Of course, I gladly gave them to her. She sent me a text the next morning saying she couldn’t wait and ate them for breakfast. Am I suggesting garlic green beans before lunchtime, no? What I am saying is that they are so good you really can enjoy them at anytime!!

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Prep Time – 10 min; Cook Time 10 min.


1 lb. green beans (“fancy” green beans / haricots vert, not big fat ones like pole beans)
1 T. olive oil
1 T. Butter
4-6 cloves of garlic
Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation of Garlic Green Beans:

Trim and rinse the green beans. Place in a pot of boiling, salted water and blanch for 3-4 minutes. Immediately drain the green beans and transfer them to bowl of ice water to “shock” them. Drain the green beans and pat dry. Put the olive oil, butter and garlic in a saute pan and heat over medium heat until the butter is melted. Add the green beans and saute for about 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Green beans with garlic

Making Ahead:

You can blanch the green beans a day ahead of time and seal in a ziploc bag with a paper towel to keep them from being too moist. Keep in the refrigerator until about an hour before you want to cook them.

Preparing Green Beans

Preparing Green Beans


If you want to add a little something extra, throw in some thinly sliced almonds at the end of cooking!

Important Tips:

You must salt the water if you want the beans to have flavor.
Blanching and Shocking the green beans is also critical. This brings out the vibrant green color and keeps it there. Otherwise the beans will be a dull, olive green color.