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Sweet-Sour Beans

Sweet-Sour Beans

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  • Yield: 4 to 6 side-dish servings
  • Start to Finish 30 mins

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Make these German-style, bacon-flavored beans as a side dish to roast beef or pork.


  • 16 ounces green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces (4 cups), or one 16-ounce package frozen cut green beans
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  1. If using fresh green beans, in a medium saucepan, cook beans and onion in a small amount of boiling salted water for 20 to 25 minutes or until beans are crisp-tender. Drain. (For frozen beans, cook beans and onion following package directions.)
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain. Crumble bacon; set aside. Reserve drippings in skillet.
  3. Stir flour into bacon drippings. Stir in vinegar, water, sugar, salt, and pepper. Cook and stir until mixture is thickened and bubbly; cook and stir for 1 minute more.
  4. Pour vinegar mixture over warm beans. Add crumbled bacon. Toss to coat. Makes 4 to 6 side-dish servings.

Nutrition Facts

(Sweet-Sour Beans)

chol. (mg) 7, carb. (g) 20, vit. C (mg) 8, Fat, total (g) 4, cal. (kcal) 129, calcium (mg) 454, pro. (g) 5, vit. A (IU) 923, iron (mg) 0, sugar (g) 12, sodium (mg) 281, Potassium (mg) 286, fiber (g) 4, sat. fat (g) 1

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