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    German Green Beans

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    JenSmith's Note:

    This is another simple but tasty dish that I found in one of my grandmother's old recipe files. My family loves it, and it makes a nice alternative for the traditional holiday green bean casserole. It's good all year long, but especially when the weather turns cool.

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    • 4 slices bacon
    • 1/2 cup chopped onions or 2 tablespoons dried onion flakes
    • 2 tablespoons flour
    • 4 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    • 1/2 cup vinegar (cider, if possible)
    • 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans green beans (reserve 1/2 cups liquid from canned beans or water if using fresh) or 2 1/2 lbs fresh green beans, washed and cut (reserve 1/2 cups liquid from canned beans or water if using fresh)
    • 1/4 cup bacon bits (Bacos)


    1. 1
      Fry the bacon in a large cast-iron skillet until crisp, then drain on paper towels, leaving the fat in the pan.
    2. 2
      Add the onion and cook until light golden and tender, then add the flour and stir, cooking for about 1 minute.
    3. 3
      Add the sugar, salt, pepper, bean liquid or water, and vinegar, stir, and bring to a rolling boil; Allow to boil for about 3 minutes to thicken the sauce. Add the bacon bits at this time.
    4. 4
      Add the green beans and cook until heated through, about 7--8 minutes.
    5. 5
      Transfer the beans and sauce to a serving bowl and top with crumbled bacon.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 29, 2012


      I was so excited when I came across this recipe. My grandmother (now deceased) also had this recipe, but it was lost a few years ago. I made it for thanksgiving and it brought back so many good memories! The recipe is delicious just as it is.

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    • on February 06, 2011


      This is a nice way to prepare canned green beans. I did reduce the sugar to 2 tablespoons and reduce the cider vinegar to 1/4 cup. I might try white wine vinegar next time. I was a little confused that the recipe calls for 4 strips of bacon as well as 1/4 cup bacon bits in the ingredient list. I only used the 4 strips of bacon and omitted the bacon bits.

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    • on December 26, 2008


      I made this dish for Thanksgiving and a potluck this year and was very pleased. I found that the vinegar taste was a bit overwhelming for me so the second time, I only used 1/4 cup of vinegar which made a big difference. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Nutritional Facts for German Green Beans

    Serving Size: 1 (143 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 102.3
    Calories from Fat 28
    Total Fat 3.1 g
    Saturated Fat 1.0 g
    Cholesterol 5.5 mg
    Sodium 390.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 16.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.0 g
    Sugars 10.0 g
    Protein 3.6 g

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