Sweet - Sour Green Beans Loaded With Bacon

Total Time
40mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 25 mins

Green beans never had it so good! If this doesn't convert your hard-core bean-hater into a bean-lover, I don't know what will! We rarely have leftovers of this recipe, and when we do, they're GREAT the second time around. NOTE: You can substitute canned beans for fresh, just skip the directions for cooking the beans.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In a large cast-iron skillet, fry bacon until nearly crisp; reserve at least 2 T. bacon fat in the pan.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare beans: cut into 1-inch pieces; place in skillet with reserved grease, boiling water, and salt. Cover and heat quickly until beans steam (boil), then turn heat down and cook for 15-20 minutes (tender-crisp) DO NOT DRAIN.
  3. Mix cornstarch with sugar, vinegar, soy sauce and water; pour over beans; stir and cook until slightly thickened and clear.
  4. Crumble at least 4 slices of bacon into the beans; stir to mix. Use MORE bacon if this is more of a "main dish"
  5. OPTION: Fry 1 medium chopped onion in the bacon grease; remove from pan BEFORE cooking the beans; add with the bacon at the end.
Most Helpful

I halved the recipe, but put four slices of bacon in at the end anyway because, having been directed to cook so much bacon (still had 3 extra strips), I wasn't really thinking about it. This was very easy and tasted delicious. Will definitely be making it again. Thanks for sharing.

littleturtle August 29, 2008

Excellent green beans! I've been sneaking little bites as I cook. I can't wait for DH to try, he loves green beans, (one of the few veggies this picky man likes). I love the sweet/sour flavor of them. 5 BIG FAT STARS all the way.

True Texas May 13, 2008

Just loved these green beans!!! I used canned green beans, so also very easy and quick to make. I make a very similar recipe, except it has no soy sauce, brown sugar or the cornstarch, so this was a nice change from the one I have made for years!! Will definitely make these again!! Thanks Debber for a new veggie recipe!!

diner524 September 06, 2007