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Sweet and Sour Green Beans with Bacon

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"This green bean concoction is similar to others but not the same! This recipe offers optional 'speed cooking' to quickly get this fresh-tasting side dish to the table."
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30 m servings 270
Original recipe yields 4 servings (4 cups)


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  1. Place green beans in a microwave-safe bowl and add enough water to make a layer in the bottom; heat in microwave until green beans are tender yet firm to the bite, 1 to 3 minutes. Drain.
  2. Heat peanut oil in a large wok or skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion until tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer onion to a bowl and discard any remaining oil.
  3. Place the bacon in the wok or skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels and cut into bite-size pieces. Reserve 4 to 5 tablespoons bacon drippings in the wok.
  4. Mix onion, brown sugar, vinegar, and liquid smoke in the reserved bacon drippings; cook and stir until sauce is bubbling and brown sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Add green beans to sauce and stir to coat; cook until green beans are heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Transfer green bean mixture to a microwave-safe casserole dish; season with black pepper. Serve immediately or warm in the microwave, if needed.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 270 calories; 7.5 43.3 8.7 15 340 Full nutrition

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I think 3/4 cup of brown sugar is too much unless you like things really, really sweet. I added half that amount, and it was still plenty sweet. Eliminated the liquid smoke, since that's somet...

I replaced the cider vinegar for half garlic and half regular vinegar, didn't have smoke so I put BBQ; no pepper and less sugar also. Put some sweet corn to add color and it came out very tasty!...