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Green Beans with Bacon and Cider Vinegar

Add some flavor to this favorite side using this recipe.

Green beans with bacon and cider vinegar in white bowl with onion in background
Photo by Stephanie Staton

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 pound fresh green or wax beans (2 cups frozen)
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 to 6 slices bacon, diced
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

In medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, cook beans in water until tender. Drain beans, reserving about 3/4 cup cooking liquid.

In large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat, sauté bacon and onion until onion is lightly browned. Add reserved bean liquid, and cook until liquid has reduced to 1/4 cup. Add sugar and vinegar, and stir well to combine. Add cooked beans and heat through. Season with salt and pepper.

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My grandmother was German and I grew up eating this dish. She's gone now but I make it at every holiday dinner now. My suggestion to anyone who thinks vinegar and green beans don't go together is just make something else. This is a delicious and well-loved traditional dish on the dinner tables of countless families and will be for years to come.
A, Pasadena, CA
Posted: 6/12/2014 1:03:10 PM
Might be worth a try.
Isolde, Cavendish, PE
Posted: 6/4/2012 7:04:20 AM
Hm, not so sure about this recipe. I love green beans but not vinegar in this type of dish.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 2/20/2012 11:41:30 PM
Anyone who enjoys eating green beans can't help but enjoy this recipe.
Frederick, Ocala, FL
Posted: 2/18/2012 7:32:14 PM
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