Holiday Side Dish – Bacon Cranberry Almond Green Beans

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Bacon Cranberry Almond Green Beans‘Tis the season for making delicious holiday side dishes. For Thanksgiving, our family loves having a fun turkey veggie tray and the cranberry apple salad has become a family tradition. Roasted potatoes and cinnamon brown sugar squash are also good options. Last year, instead of the traditional green bean casserole, we opted for something a little less calorie-laden. These sauteed green beans with bacon, cranberries, and almonds are delicious and absolutely perfect for your Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. Holiday Green Beans Side DishThis side dish is SO easy to make and tastes great with the flavor combination of the bacon, cranberries, and slivered almonds. You start with cooking a few slices of bacon in a pan until it’s nice and crispy. Then, you sauteé the green beans in the pan (without draining) for some extra flavor. Yum! Just toss in some dried cranberries & slivered almonds and you have a lovely side dish!
Sauteed Green Beans Side Dish

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Holiday Side Dish - Bacon Cranberry Almond Green Beans

A delicious green beans side dish, perfect for holiday meals.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Author: Sara @ Mom Endeavors


  • approx. 2 pounds whole green beans ends removed
  • 4-5 bacon slices
  • 1/2 to 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large pan, cook the bacon until crispy. Remove bacon from pan and cut/crumble. Set aside.
  • Place green beans (if frozen, thaw in microwave first) in the pan with the bacon grease and sauteé until heated through (don't overcook).
  • Transfer green beans to a medium baking dish. Toss in bacon, cranberries, and slivered almonds.
  • Serve warm immediately or place in the oven for about 10-15 minutes to warm before serving.


For holiday meals, it might not be possible to serve immediately. So under cook the green beans in the pan and then heat everything in the oven for just about 15 minutes (at between 250-350 degrees) before serving.
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Bacon Cranberry Almond Green Beans Side DishSuper tasty! Now, how about a few more simple side dish recipes for holiday meals?!

What’s side dish recipe would you most enjoy for Thanksgiving?


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I’m Sara, a mom to three adorable boys living in the Arizona desert. As a former teacher, I love sharing my passions with others. So, have a look around for creative inspiration about cooking, creating, celebrating, traveling with kids, and more everyday mom endeavors!


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4 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    made a vegan version of this tonight using vegan butter instead of the bacon. It was delish!! I will make this again!

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