Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Restaurant Knockoff: Texas Roadhouse Green Beans

I've been in a side dish rut lately. I asked the ladies on my cooking board what they usually make and now I have a ton of recipes to try. First on my list were these Texas Roadhouse Green Beans. We love Texas Roadhouse. Our first experience at the chain was with my grandmother during a visit to West Virginia almost 10 years ago. I'd been there at least once before for some relative's birthday, but this was the first meal I remember. In addition to the delicious steak, I fell in love with their green beans. These aren't your usual steamed green beans. These came in a delicious broth with onions and bacon. They were kicked up green beans and ever since, whenever we eat at a Texas Roadhouse I have to order them.

I was excited to see how these would compare to the ones in the restaurant. They were absolutely perfect, exactly the same as what I get at the restaurant, although they needed a little salt. I added it to the ingredient list below. I'm really excited to have an at-home version for the next time we grill up some steaks. Here they are simmering away on the stove.

I was able to simmer them for probably 30 minutes since I made them on a Sunday afternoon. The recipe indicated the longer they sit the better the flavor so feel free to let them cook as long as you'd like. Canned green beans are already pretty mushy so it's not like you're running the risk of compromising the texture.

Texas Roadhouse Green Beans
Slightly Modified from The Rookie Chef

2 (16 ounce) cans of green beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups water
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 strips of bacon, diced
1/2 a medium onion, diced

Drain green beans and set aside. Mix water, sugar, pepper and salt until well incorporated. Set aside.

Preheat a deep pan over medium high heat. Add the diced bacon. Cook until just starting to get crispy. Add the onions and cook until they are tender, then add the green beans and liquid mixture. Stir to incorporate. Bring mixture to a boil and then lower the heat to simmer. Simmer until ready to serve.
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  1. Oh these are so good. I love Texas green beans. I missed them when I left. We had them served at both holidays this winter and I get them every time I go to the barbecue joint down the street. Don't know why I haven't done them at home yet!

  2. I think canned green beans is important. I made this recipe with frozen green beans and I had to add alot more salt in order to equal the sodium in the canned greenbeans. I also had to cook them longer to get the soft texture like Texas roadhouse gbeans. Thanks for the recipe; I look forward to trying the recipe exactly as posted next time.

    tip: I use to work at Texas Roadhouse and they actually used broth instead of water so I used chicken gave it a richer taste!

  3. I worked there as well. They used a Ham Base

  4. These are the best green beans and the only way I will make them from now on! Thanks!

  5. My children's favorite restaurant is Texas Roadhouse. They usually don't like vegetable's but they can never get enough of these delicious green beans. What a fantastic way for children to be able to enjoy what they eat.


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