Piquant Green Beans

"One of my favorite ways to have green beans. I could eat the whole pan and forget the rest of dinner! I really could!"
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  • Prepare the green beans for cooking by rinsing and removing tips.
  • Steam green beans 15-20 minutes or until tender.
  • In a large skillet heat fat or oil and cook onion until caramelized; add garlic.
  • Add green beans to skillet and stir thoroughly.
  • In a small bowl mix together vinegar and sugar and pour over beans, stirring well.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Mix in bacon crumbles.
  • Serve.

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  1. While this recipe contains many ingredients I usually enjoy, I am sorry to report that this just didn't work out as well as expected. I found the taste to be very vinegary - it completely overwhelmed the beans for me. I love the taste of vinegar, but the vinegary sauce didn't work for me. I am very sorry - I had truly expected to enjoy this more.
  2. We used fresh picked green beans (as fresh as they get--picked then straight into the sink for washing, tipping and cooking) and steamed them in my rice cooker/food steamer. I really had high expectations (if not for myself, then at least for the rest of my family) since I can never get my fill of these greens beans, nor can the rest of may family. I am somewhat sensitive to sweet/sour flavors--either I *really* like it, or I *really* don't! The rest of my family just plain love sweet/sour, and accuse me of not cooking sweet/sour often enough. I finished my serving as did everyone else (nobody went back for more). My husband said I could make them again, and the kids said, "they were OK, but not really that good." I really doubt if I will make them again, but I do appreciate that you shared Sue!
  3. My husband and I really enjoyed this side dish. To cut down a bit on the vinegar flavor I used Rice Vinegar. I also carmelized the onions as Sue suggested; this made the dish very flavorful with a mild onion taste, so the beans weren't overshadowed. Thanks Sue L, I'll make this again.
  4. This was a fabulous recipe. Flavors mixed well and very easy to make. I doubled this to take to a pot luck and they turned out great. Easy to make ahead and reheat as well. Thanks for the recipe!


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