I bet even green bean haters will eat these sweet and sour green beans. The smoky bacon and sweet and tangy sauce that clings to these green beans brings a little something different to an otherwise normal vegetable.–Stacey Little
LC Try A Little Tenderness Note
When making these sweet and sour green beans—heck, when making any green beans—it can be tricky discerning exactly when to pull them from the heat. A lot depends on you—specifically, whether you’re a slightly crunchy versus super tender sorta person. Much also depends on the girth of the green beans and whether you’re using sturdy regular green beans or slender haricots verts. What works for us in terms of knowing when to pull them from the heat is quite simply 1. not walking away from the stove, and 2. sneaking a green bean and giving it the nibble test. We like to try a little tenderness.
Sweet and Sour Green Beans Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 15 M
- 25 M
- Serves 4 to 6
- 3 to 5 slices bacon
- 1 pound fresh green beans or haricots verts, ends trimmed
- 1/3 cup white vinegar
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1. Fry the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove the bacon from the pan and let it drain on paper towels or a brown paper bag.
- 2. Pat the the green beans completely dry and add them to the bacon drippings in the skillet. (If you have more than 2 tablespoons drippings in the skillet, you may wish to spoon some out and reserve them for another use.) Cook the green beans over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the beans reach the desired tenderness, 6 to 13 minutes depending on the thickness of your green beans and your desired tenderness.
- 3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk together the vinegar, cornstarch, brown sugar, dry mustard, salt, and pepper.
- 4. Pour the mixture over the green beans, crumble the bacon over the top, and cook until the sauce thickens and coats the beans, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.
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