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Green Beans German Style Recipe

Green Beans German Style Recipe

My mother-in-law introduced me to this quick down-home dish almost 50 years ago when I was a new bride. The tender green beans are topped with diced bacon and a classic sweet-sour glaze. Guests always ask for the recipe. -Vivian Steers, Central Islip, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 10 min. YIELD:3-4 servings


  • 1 pound fresh green beans, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 medium onion, quartered and sliced
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar


  • 1. Place beans in a saucepan and cover with water; bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, 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 1 tablespoon drippings. In the same skillet, saute onion in drippings until tender.
  • 3. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch, salt, mustard and water until smooth. Stir into onion. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in brown sugar and vinegar. Add the beans; heat thought. Sprinkle with bacon. Yield: 3-4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 160 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 280mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 4g protein.

Reviews for Green Beans German Style

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bjenki1963 User ID: 8576842 235133
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2015

"This was really good! It was a nice new way to have green beans. We made them for our own little Oktoberfest and it went great with the brats and sauerkraut we bought from a German deli."

Hammyy3 User ID: 7460083 224179
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2015

"Just like grandma's!"

germanycook User ID: 6411056 36053
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2012

"What a yummy way to make beans.... I didn't have any bacon but it tasted good anyways!"

stetfreks User ID: 2123325 134694
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2010

"This is such a great recipe. I was looking for a recipe to make green beans taste better and thanks to you, I found it. I will definately make this again"

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 35343
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2010

"Excellent recipe. I made this with grilled halibut."

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