Gourmet's Haricot Verts with Bacon and Chestnuts

When we talked to Gourmet editor in chief Ruth Reichl about the November 2008 issue of the magazine, we asked her what her favorite Thanksgiving recipes from the issue were. This is one of them. Read our interview.

More of Ruth Reichl's favorite recipes from the November 2008 issue of Gourmet:

Chipotle Meatballs
Mango Pomegranate Guacamole
Wild Mushroom Bundles
Turkey Jook

Haricot Verts with Bacon and Chestnuts

Gourmet's Haricot Verts with Bacon and Chestnuts

About This Recipe

This recipe appears in: Talking Turkey with Gourmet's Ruth Reichl


  • 1 1/2 lb haricots verts or other thin green beans, trimmed
  • 4 bacon slices
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup bottled peeled roasted whole chestnuts, coarsely crumbled


  1. 1

    Cook beans in a medium pot of boiling salted water (2 tablespoons salt for 4 quarts water), uncovered, until crisp-tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Drain and plunge into an ice bath to stop cooking. Drain well and pat dry.

  2. 2

    Cook bacon in a large heavy skillet over medium heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels, reserving fat in skillet, then crumble. Add butter to fat in skillet along with beans, chestnuts, bacon, and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.

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