Monday, September 26, 2011

Sweet and Sour Green Beans

I'm always looking for new side dish recipes, and especially for new ways to prepare green beans. For some reason, I rarely venture out of Roasted Green Beans, and green beans aren't my absolute favorite. But, they are a vegetable that is often on sale, so I usually throw 'em in the menu rotation.

I didn't have bacon on hand, but I usually have bacon grease saved in a glass jar in my frig. I very rarely buy or eat bacon these days, but I think this would still be good with olive oil and maybe some diced pimentos for visual contrast.

This recipe added the note to make a triple batch of these and freeze them in quart size freezer bags for another meal. Perfect for the Holidays! I am plotting in my head about making a huge batch, then using them for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Any part of those meals that I can do ahead would be fine by me!

The 4 year old wasn't interested in these. My husband thought they were fine. I thought they jazzed up the (somewhat boring grilled chicken breast) meal, and really enjoyed them. The leftovers the next day were even better, but I was the only one interested, which just left more for me!

I used blanched fresh green beans, but I would have preferred the texture of frozen or canned green beans. I could have cooked the daylights out of the fresh ones, but felt a small betrayal.

Sweet and Sour Green Beans
recipe adapted from Southern Plate

6 slices bacon slices, cut into 1-inch pieces (I used 2 tablespoons bacon grease)
1/2 onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
32 ounces french style green beans (or any other green beans)
2 T vinegar
2 T sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1/2 teaspoon pepper (or to taste)

Place bacon and onions in skillet. Cook over medium heat until browned, stirring often. Remove to plate. Add beans to bacon grease and continue cooking over medium heat until they are to desired tenderness. Add vinegar and sugar. Stir. Add bacon and onions back and let simmer a few minutes, stirring often. Salt and pepper to taste.

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