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Southern Green Beans with Apricots

Green beans and apricots have become a family tradition. Enhanced with balsamic vinegar, this dish will make your taste buds pop. —Ashley Davis, Easley, South Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1/2 pound bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Place beans and broth in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cook, covered, until beans are crisp-tender, 4-7 minutes; drain.
  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Discard all but 1 tablespoon drippings in pan.
  • Add apricots to drippings; cook and stir over medium heat until softened. Add vinegar, salt, garlic powder, pepper and beans; cook and stir until beans are coated, 2-3 minutes longer. Sprinkle with bacon.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 149 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 464mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 5g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • rena 55
    Aug 3, 2017

    Always looking for another way to serve green beans and I just found a new favorite. With green beans fresh out of the garden, this is a wonderful side dish!

  • annrms
    May 14, 2016

    Greatly enjoyed this side dish! The crunch of the al dente beans (that I cut instead of keeping whole), sweet & sour of the dried apricots, smokiness of the bacon, tartness of the vinegar and the combination of spices made this a palate pleasing recipe. It's definitely a keeper!