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New England Green Beans

 New England Green Beans
Smokey and sweet green beans are flavored with bacon, cranberries and maple syrup. The addition of roasted chestnuts brings a bit of crunch.—Brandi Fisher, Fort Worth, Texas
8 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Cook: 10 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chestnuts
  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 4 thick-sliced bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • With a small sharp knife, score an “X” on the rounded side of each
  • chestnut, being careful not to cut through the nutmeat. Place
  • chestnuts on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 15-20
  • minutes or until tender. When cool enough to handle, peel and chop
  • chestnuts.
  • Place beans in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a
  • boil. Cover and cook for 6-7 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add
  • cranberries during the last minute of cooking time.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon and onion over medium heat
  • until bacon is crisp; drain. Drain bean mixture; add to the skillet.
  • Stir in the chestnuts, butter, maple syrup, salt and pepper; heat
  • through. Yield: 8 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 3/4 cup equals 143 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 224 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.