Tra Vigne Green Beans Recipe
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Tra Vigne Green Beans Recipe

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The title of this recipe translates to among the vines in Italian. I was inspired by a restaurant in the Napa Valley called, yes you guessed it, Tra Vigne. The flavors in this dish to me represent the essence of its title.—Jenn Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 12 bacon strips, chopped
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups white grape juice
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup minced chives

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 130 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 338mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, bring 4 cups water to a boil. Add green beans; cover and cook for 5 minutes. Drain and immediately place green beans in ice water. Drain and pat dry.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings.
  3. In the same skillet saute shallots in bacon drippings until tender. Add garlic, salt and pepper; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in juice and vinegar. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half.
  4. Add green beans and bacon, cook until heated through. Sprinkle with chives. Yield: 9 servings.
To Make Ahead: Boil the green beans, chill in ice water and drain as directed a day in advance. Store in the refrigerator.
Originally published as Tra Vigne Green Beans in Taste of Home Christmas Annual 2011 , p47

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kshea User ID: 2698812 262077
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2017

"Very good. I made for a company dinner. Wondering what bacon would do when I make it again. easy."

RedRain User ID: 702637 256874
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2016

"This is now a staple for the Holidays in our home and has been since it first was published. My husband, in particular, just raves over them!"

JoycemRhodes User ID: 6846874 196390
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2014

"Im not a green bean fan so have been looking for a way to fix them that I could live with. I fixed this recipe. It is excellent.. Since fresh green beans are not good in stores this time of year here in Kansas City, I bought frozen ones so I did not scald them. I cooked bacon until crisp and drained the grease off, then added the rest of ingredients including the green beans and the crisp chopped bacon and let them all cook together till the liquid was cooked down to half. They are very good. I will .definitely fix this recipe again and tell others about it."

embundy User ID: 5804883 191958
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2013

"This was a hit at Thanksgiving, with people going for seconds and thirds. A great recipe that I'll serve year-round."

Nonna2U User ID: 6678289 195112
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2013 Edited Nov. 11, 2013

"Jean, great recipe! "Tra Vigne" actually translates "between vineyards". You wrote, "The flavors in this dish to me represent the essence of its title." How beautiful!This is the way my Nonna (Italian grandmother) traditionally prepared green beans during the Christmas season. I have adopted this, too, as one of my traditional holiday dishes."

Donnaz44 User ID: 7179869 179282
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2013


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