Green beans with bacon

    25 min

    The perfect way to combine green beans with bacon. Caramelised onions are tossed with bacon and green beans in a red wine vinegar and parsley dressing. Serve as a side dish.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 900g fresh green beans, trimmed
    • 225g smoked streaky bacon, cut into 1.25cm pieces
    • 1 onion, thinly sliced
    • 75ml red wine vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
    • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Make an ice bath by filling a large pot with ice and water; set aside.
    2. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Cook the green beans in the boiling water until slightly tender yet crisp, about 3 minutes; drain. Immediately plunge the green beans into the ice bath to stop them from cooking further. Drain and set aside.
    3. Cook the bacon in a large, deep frying pan over medium-high heat until it begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the onions to the bacon and continue cooking until the onions begin to caramelise and turn golden brown, 7 to 10 minutes. Add the green beans, red wine vinegar and sugar; cook and stir until the sugar is dissolved, 2 to 3 minutes.

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    I used shallots rather than onions and loved them caramelized. As recommended by another reviewer, I used apple cider vinegar rather than the red wine vinegar and preferred that exchange. The small amount of sugar and vinegar was not enough to produce the sweet-sour tang I sort of expected and I was glad it didn't. It was, however, enough to contribute great flavor. As for the bacon, it's hard to go wrong adding it to just about anything.  -  08 Sep 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This dish is wonderful Frank and certainly no secret as it's a very typical side that German and Austrian families have been making for years. So glad you discovered it tho because it really is amazing. I went for the big guns and used a whole pound of bacon and apple cider vinegar instead of the red. Family "yummed" their way all thru dinner and told me that it tasted just like my German potato salad except with green beans! Thank so much Frank!  -  17 May 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is a delightful twist to boring ole' green beans. I used turkey bacon and sliced sweet Maui onions and actually love these carmelized! Another reviewer, Linda Mclean, suggested apple cider vinegar in place of red wine vinegar and so I used that instead. Loved the subtle sweet-n-sour tang, and it's not overpowering, which is good for all of us! Everyone here loves bacon so you can't go wrong with that in this or any other dish! Thank you for sharing Frank!  -  16 Sep 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)