Sweet and Sour Green Beans

Photo: Anna Williams
Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

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


  • 4 slices bacon

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed

  • ¼ cup cider vinegar

  • ¼ 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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