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Maple-Glazed Green Beans Recipe

Maple-Glazed Green Beans Recipe

After I picked my first green beans one year, I desired a savory dish that was unique, quick, and packed with flavor. I had all the ingredients in my pantry and began to experiment. The results were outrageously YUMMY! I couldn’t stop eating my creation, so the next day I picked more beans and made this delicious side dish again. It's a keeper. —Merry Graham, Newhall, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD: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


  • 1. 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, 4-5 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  • 2. 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. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup (calculated without bourbon): 173 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 302mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 4g fiber), 4g protein.

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annrms User ID: 2649709 264170
Reviewed Apr. 1, 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!"

Appy_Girl User ID: 1132413 251877
Reviewed 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.

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PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 245193
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2016 Edited Sep. 19, 2016

"WOW! The flavor was not at all what I was expecting, but I mean that in a good way. I opted for adding in the bourbon and I'm so glad I did. I think it gave it an extra zing. Instead of actual bacon strips, I used the bottled real bacon. Then I just put some canola oil in with the bacon and onion. Next time I might cut back on the cranberries just a bit. Also, I think the onion amount is WAY off. I only used about 3 or 4 slices of a large onion, and I still thought it was too much. That is only personal preference items, so this recipe gets 5/5 from me! Will definitely make again!

Update: made this again tonight. I lowered the amount of cranberries and onion. PERFECT. I've found the perfect combination :)"

s_pants User ID: 174050 219008
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2015

"So good!!!"

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 215949
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2014

"This is a nice way to dress up regular green beans for the holidays."

Nutja User ID: 3568146 213946
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2014

"I wasn't sure where I got this recipe, but it was so delicious I went searching for it just to rate it! I used frozen beans from my garden (which I blanched) and I can't say enough good about this recipe. I also substituted cranberries that I had dehydrated last year. Awesome Awesome Awesome bean dish!"

merrycarol User ID: 1991385 178223
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

"Thank you! So happy everyone loves my green bean recipe! You can make asparagus the same way! So delicious!"

pasweet User ID: 5158838 184580
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2013

"My family loves this recipe. "Best green beans ever.""

thomsmom User ID: 2041371 132734
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2013

"These are so good even people who don't normally eat vegetables will eat these, my brother asked for seconds on Thanksgiving and demanded them for Christmas; although he's the original "Mr Meat and Potatoes" guy."

kaela0124 User ID: 7221454 123830
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2013

"This is the best green bean recipe I have ever had!! Made this for Easter and doubled the recipe. It was all gone! I also used the steamer green beans. Definately will make again and again!"

Sherril17 User ID: 6442019 196457
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2012

"I have made these several times, and they are great. I like the sweet flavor that the maple syrup gives them."

mkb1020 User ID: 6911846 195268
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2012

"What a delight to have green beens taste so flavorable with such a wonderful aroma! My husband loved them and I would make them again in a flash!"

jmurn99 User ID: 1190770 193496
Reviewed May. 14, 2012

"Yum! I used dried onion in a pinch and it worked really well too!"

Jaime421 User ID: 6445042 133172
Reviewed May. 11, 2012

"OMG these were sooooo good i could have eaten them all! I used 2 frozen steamable bags of whole greenbeans and didn't add the bourbon,it was amazing! This will be made many many times in my house."

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