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German-Style Green Beans

German-Style Green Beans

"GRANDMOTHER often prepared her fresh green beans this way, and we much preferred them to plain buttered beans. This recipe goes back to before the 1920s and was a favorite dish of our family when I was growing up. -Lois Gelzer, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts"
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30 m servings
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  1. Place beans in a saucepan and cover with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon and set aside. Saute onion in drippings until tender; remove with a slotted spoon. Drain beans; return to pan. Add onion, 1 tablespoon drippings, salt and pepper; heat through. Crumble the bacon; add to the beans and toss. Serve immediately.

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Key to this is to use sea salt on the onions when cooking, for the most awesome taste.

These beans are a family tradition at the holidays although I make them all the time since everyone loves them. My mother was born in 1918 and she learned to cook these from her German mother-i...

This was a very good recipe. Because of the bacon fat, I will only make them for special occasions at home (they're very rich for our day to day consumption). However, I will definitely make t...

Very good! Nice compliment to our jagerschnitzel and german potato salad

I really liked these, but the rest of my family thought they were just "ok".

These were good but missing something... needed a little brown sugar.

Oh my goodness! These were fabulous. The only change I made was to up the bacon and decrease the onions. Served them with Wiener Schnitzel, Spaetzel and Streudel for dessert. it was a great ...

Very good! Added vinegar as one reviewer suggested and gave the beans a nice kick!

Followed recipe to a "t." Excellent. Been to Germany many times, very authentic.

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