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Maple-Glazed Green Beans

After I picked my first green beans one year, I wanted to make a savory dish that was unique, quick and packed with flavor. I loved this so much I couldn't stop eating it, so the next day I picked more beans and made this delicious side dish again. —Merry Graham, Newhall, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 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


  • 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, until crisp-tender, 4-5 minutes.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 173 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 302mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 4g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Daniel
    Nov 28, 2020

    I made this for Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone loved it. I sautéed the bacon alone first, then the onion alone so I could control the done-ness of each. This also allowed me to throttle back on the fat. Additionally I suggest letting the beans sit for a few minutes after steaming, to prevent throwing too much liquid into the recipe, diluting the maple syrup. I meant to also use toasted slivered almonds but, in my pantry, what I thought was almonds, was pecans. So I used pecans as I would’ve done with almonds, toasting lightly. I tried to chop them into large pieces, discard the crumbs and tossed them in at the very end with the bacon. I’ll make this again I’m sure.

  • pajamaangel
    Mar 21, 2019

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  • Marykauhi
    Jan 29, 2019

    Bacon didn't get crispy enough. Fry separately.

  • gabiheide
    Dec 18, 2018

    Served this for the first time at Thanksgiving dinner. It was a hit with the family! Next time I will do the bacon separately from the onions, as they didn't get as crispy as I was hoping. It was delicious reheated as well!

  • pharm815
    Dec 10, 2018

    Tried it for the first time for Thanksgiving and loved them. Will make again for Christmas. I did use sugar free syrup without a problem.

  • xxcskier
    Nov 26, 2018

    I made this for As part of my Thanksgiving Dinner for my family, we all loved it. This side dish came together very quickly while the turkey was resting. The only thing I did differently was to use the frozen green beans in the steamer bags as my store did not have any good looking fresh green beans the day I went. I will definitely be making these again.

  • justmbeth
    Oct 8, 2018

    An instant hit! My only recommendation would be to give the bacon a few minutes head start in the saute pan.

  • brunoite
    Mar 4, 2018

    Loved it! Made for company so had everything ready early -green beans cooked, onion and bacon cut up, cranberries and maple syrup measured. Then it was a quick toss in the pan. No bourbon, though.

  • annrms
    Nov 15, 2017

    I cut this recipe in half. I baked thick cut bacon in strips then cut it up. I added chopped onion to the baking sheet and returned it to the oven to cook. I had on hand some fresh green beans that I had blanched already. Mixed it all together and asked DH to taste ...he wanted to eat his share then and there!!! Sooo good! Will definitely make this again! I did make these again. This time I used a teaspoon of bacon fat and some real bacon bits. I heated the bits in the fat and added the onions and finished the recipe. YUM!

  • Appy_Girl
    Jul 26, 2016

    I'd like to add another 5 Star Review to this one * Totally tasteful and Elegant. I sauted the green beans instead of steaming and at the very end I added some toasted pecans * This truly is a wonderful recipe.JanieTaste of Home Volunteer Field Editor