Green Beans German Style

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 10 min.


4 servings

Updated: Sep. 22, 2022
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


  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

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