Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sweet & Sour Green Beans {A Holiday Favorite}

A Green Bean side dish flavored with bacon, onions and a semi - sweet and sour glaze made from vinegar and sugar.   
Now that the holidays are over we can push a little bit of the sweets aside. I don't know about you but I was on a sugar high practically the whole month of December!! Tis the season with all those yummy cookies and candies I guess. 

For the next couple of posts I think I will lay of the sweets to even things out a bit. Today I am featuring one of my favorite green bean dishes., Sweet & Sour Green Beans! This recipe is so simple to pull together and it utilizes ingredients you usually have on hand, so that's always a plus.

The first time I had this dish was years and years ago when my mother in law served at our Thanksgiving Dinner. I was immediately hooked, the sweet and sour flavor was such a twist to plain old green beans.My husband loved them so I knew this recipe was a keeper.

I didn't have to look far this Christmas season when I was looking for a vegetable side dish to go with our Christmas Dinner. I hope you give this recipe a try I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the sweet and sour taste.

Fry the bacon and crumble into pieces; set aside. Add green beans to baking dish. Mix the sugar and vinegar together and add the mixture to the green beans. Add the crumbled bacon onions if using and a little pepper; lightly mix to combine. Cover and bake at 350 until the beans are heated through, about 15-20 minutes.

Sweet & Sour Green Beans

2 - 14 oz can cut green beans, drained
3 - 4 - slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
1/4 - cup sliced onions, optional
4 - tablespoons sugar
4 - tablespoons white vinegar
freshly ground pepper to taste

Fry the bacon and crumble into pieces; set aside. Add green beans to baking dish. 

Mix the sugar and vinegar together and add the mixture to the green beans. 

Add the crumbled bacon and onions if using. Add a bit fresh ground pepper and lightly mix to combine. 

Cover and bake at 350 until the beans are heated through, about 15-20 minutes.

serves: 4-6



The JR said... #

Thank you for the links to the cookbooks.

Your green bean looks very good. Easy and something that would be a good change to plain ol green beans.

sonyadawn said... #

Did you know that Gooseberry Patch is having a sale on their small paperback cook booklets, I ordered adout 12 of them 2 days ago, most of them were .50 to .55 cents a piece... thought i'd pass that along...

Kimberly said... #

Oh. My. Word. You should see my collection of Gooseberry cookbooks... it's embarrasing but in my defence, I DID get most of them for a song. Thanks for the link, and I was able to get the other two as well way back when.

...and the green bean dish looks wonderful...

Have a great day, Kimberly

Heidi said... #

What an easy but different green bean dish. I will be trying this one out very soon. Not tonight because we are having sausage gravy and biscuits!! I love gooseberry patch books and can't wait to check out the freebie! Thanks Tina :)

Oklahoma Granny said... #

Thank you so much for the free cookbook links. I've ordered mine and can't wait to receive them!

I have several Gooseberry Patch cookbooks and enjoy them very much.

The green beans look fantastic. I'll have to try them.

Cindy said... #

Thanks so much for the free cookbook links!!

The green bean recipe looks tasty and oh so easy ( always a bonus). Do you think you could use frozen green beans, instead of canned?

Jeanette said... #

Thank you for the link and thanks for the recipe. My husband is a green bean snob but I am going to try this recipe on him. Thank you for sharing

Catherine said... #

Wow Tina, this looks really good! My kids call me the mad baker because the holidays have a made a cookie monster out of me! All I seem to want to do is bake!
Looking forward to more sugarless posts!

Leslie said... #

Thanks for passing on the link to us!
Love the green beans

Shanna said... #

I love easy recipes, so you know I'm gonna try this one! And thanks for the cookbook links too!

Lynette said... #

This recipe looks absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for sharing it. And your pictures are great. I will definitely be giving this recipe a try. One more way to get the kids to eat their veggies.

Oh, and thanks for the link to get the Gooseberry book! I have never even heard of them before, but am excited to receive it.

Keep up the great work.

D Martinez said... #

Thank you for the recipe and free booklet link! I think I may add the link to my blog too!

Laurie Anne said... #

I'm not a green bean kind of girl, but I think I will give these a try. Definitely something the hubs and his buddies would like :0)

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Anonymous said... #

These are really good! I made them using a bag of frozen pole beans and ended out eating almost the entire lot of green beans for supper. Matter of fact I don't even remember what else I served!