German-Style Cabbage and Beans Recipe
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German-Style Cabbage and Beans Recipe

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This is one of my greatest hits as a potluck dish at church suppers. If you use some red cabbage, it will have very festive colors, light pink with green. It looks so pretty.—Winifred Winch, Wetmore, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
Quick Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound fresh green beans, cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 bacon strips, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups shredded red cabbage

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 87 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 284 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1/2 starch


  1. Place 1 in. of water in a large saucepan; add beans. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. Add the vinegar, sugar, onion, salt and pepper to the drippings. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add cabbage. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Add beans; cook 3-5 minutes longer or until heated through. Stir in bacon. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as German-Style Cabbage and Beans in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2008, p236

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Reviewed Jan. 3, 2016

"I was given this recipe in a recipe swap, and it is FANTASTIC! I will definitely make this in the future for family functions and work occasions."

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2011

"Incredibly delicious!! The BEST bean recipe I have ever made and/or tasted. Pairs well with Cran-Orange Pork Tenderloin."

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