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Zippy Green Beans

A sweet-and-sour sauce makes fresh green beans a little special. The tangy treatment for this everyday vegetable dresses them up nicely, so they complement most any meal. —Suzanne McKinley of Lyons, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 4 cups fresh or frozen green beans, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup white wine or apple juice
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons tarragon vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water


  • Place beans in a saucepan and cover with water; bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  • Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels. Drain, reserving 1 teaspoon drippings. In the same skillet, saute onion until tender. Stir in the wine, sugar, vinegar and salt.
  • Combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; add to the skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Drain beans; top with onion mixture. Sprinkle with bacon; toss to coat.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 98 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 140mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1/2 starch.
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  • kgburgess
    Oct 23, 2016

    I made this as a side dish with dinner tonight, and it was really good! The onions and bacon in a sweetened wine/tarragon vinegar sauce was a nice blend of flavors with the green beans. Not so boring as plain ones! And it went great with the crab-stuffed chicken and egg noodles we had with it. Awesome dinner! I would definitely make this again. It was more of a grown-up blend of flavors, younger kids didn't care for it, but my teen liked it.

  • roxywave22
    Nov 16, 2011

    very good i added mushrooms when cooking the onions. Delicious!!