Holiday Green Beans And Bacon

7 slices bacon

2 − 9−ounce packages frozen whole green beans, thawed

6 medium carrots, cut into 3− to 4−inch−long strips

2 tablespoons margarine or butter

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon pepper

In a large skillet cook bacon, uncovered, over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes or until just crisp, turning occasionally.

Remove bacon, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet; drain bacon on paper towels.

Add green beans, carrots, margarine or butter, and garlic to reserved drippings in skillet.

Stir−fry over medium−high heat about 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp−tender.

Crumble bacon.

Stir pepper into vegetable mixture.

Remove from heat.

Transfer to a serving bowl.

Top with crumbled bacon.