German-Style Green Beans Recipe
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German-Style Green Beans Recipe

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GRANDMOTHER often prepared her fresh green beans this way, and we much preferred them to plain buttered beans. This recipe goes back to before the 1920s and was a favorite dish of our family when I was growing up. -Lois Gelzer, Standish, Maine
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 bacon strips
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 166 calories, 13 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 172 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. Place beans in a saucepan and cover with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon and set aside. Saute onion in drippings until tender; remove with a slotted spoon. Drain beans; return to pan. Add onion, 1 tablespoon drippings, salt and pepper; heat through. Crumble the bacon; add to the beans and toss. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as German-Style Green Beans in Reminisce September/October 1997, p49

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Reviewed Oct. 13, 2014

"Not sure how I feel about these beans. I expected the flavor to be stronger. I am not sure they were worth all the time it took to prepare. They were good. Did not reheat well the next day. I wanted them to be better because the bacon mixture is similar to grebashins that I use to make stuffing for a turkey. I don't know if I will make them again."

Reviewed Oct. 10, 2011

"I used Birds Eye Steamfresh whole green beans instead of fresh. I also omitted the onion. These were the most delicious green beans I have ever tasted. The bacon gave it the extra good flavoring. I served them at my Oktoberfest dinner, and they were a hit."

Reviewed Jun. 9, 2010

"This is the way my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother fixed green beans. I don't think it can be improved upon."

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