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Maple-Glazed Green Beans

 Maple-Glazed Green Beans
After I picked my first green beans one year, I desired a savory dish that was unique, quick, and packed with flavor. I had all the ingredients in my pantry and began to experiment. The results were outrageously YUMMY! I couldn’t stop eating my creation, so the next day I picked more beans and made this delicious side dish again. It's a keeper.—Merry Graham, Newhall, California
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cut fresh green beans
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 bacon strips, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon, optional

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, place steamer basket over 1 in. of water. Place
  • beans in basket. Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a
  • low boil; steam, covered, 4-5 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook onion and bacon over medium heat
  • until bacon is crisp; drain. Stir cranberries, syrup, salt, pepper
  • and, if desired, bourbon into onion mixture. Add beans; heat
  • through, tossing to combine. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 3/4 cup (calculated without bourbon) equals 173 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 302 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 4 g protein.