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Green Beans German Style

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.
  • Makes
    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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • Patricia
    Jun 20, 2020

    Great recipe. I altered it. Used fresh green beans and didn’t boil. Added fresh green beans with onions. Stir fried a bit. Added mustard vinegar sugar and cornstarch. It got very thick. Deglazed pan with white wine and baked covered at 300 for 10 minutes.

  • cbenne12
    Jun 3, 2020

    Not terrible, but not a big hit with the family.

  • Loyda
    Dec 23, 2019

    Perfect green bean recipe! Love the sweet sour and bacon - very German potato salad flavor!

  • 2124arizona
    Jun 27, 2017

    Thisrrecipe remind me of German potato salad. The green beans is a nice twist.

  • bjenki1963
    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
    Apr 5, 2015

    Just like grandma's!

  • cindying
    Aug 9, 2013

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  • germanycook
    Nov 3, 2012

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

  • thewyatts4
    Apr 22, 2012

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  • stetfreks
    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