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Sweet and Sour Green Beans


Everyday ingredients - bacon, onion, vinegar, and sugar - beget sophisticated results from a one-skillet recipe, submitted here by Suzanne Jenuleson of Medina, Ohio.

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: Anna Williams

Source: Everyday Food, December 2007


  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium until browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side. With tongs, transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate (reserve skillet with pan drippings).

  2. Add onion to skillet; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion starts to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Add green beans and 1/4 cup water; cook, tossing occasionally, until beans are bright green and tender, about 10 minutes.

  3. Crumble bacon into skillet; add vinegar and sugar. Cook until a syrupy sauce forms, 2 minutes, tossing to coat. Serve immediately.

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  • esauer1
    6 JUN, 2008
    I have fixed these several times, and I always get compliments on them. My son always wants to finish them off, so I never have leftovers unless he's not at that particular meal. If you have finicky eaters, try asking them to help you make the beans. They can help crumble the bacon, stir the sugar and vinegar together, etc. Or you can give them a fun name like Greta's Great Green Beans or Grandma's Scrumptious Green Beens. Kids will usually try fun foods or foods they help create.
  • marfmonty
    23 DEC, 2007
    I fixed this for Thanksgiving my family loved it. I also fixed green beans the regular way I had plenty of those left but the sweet and sour went in a hurry. They where great!!!!!!!