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Country-Style Green Beans

January 24, 2010
  • 1/4 pound sliced bacon
  • 3 (14.5 ounce) cans whole green beans, with liquid
  • 1/4 yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
In a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, cook bacon until lightly brown but not crisp.  When bacon has browned, add green beans.  (Did you notice there wasn’t any mention of draining the bacon grease??!!)  Add salt, sugar and pepper and mix well.  Place onion on top of green beans.  Cover saucepan with a lid and bring to a light boil.  Turn heat down to low and simmer beans for 45 minutes.
Tip: You can leave the bacon in long strips or cut up into small pieces when adding to the beans.  I find that cutting the bacon into small pieces before cooking them makes it faster and easier.  If you do this, remember that bacon is much easier to cut when it’s very cold (nearly frozen).
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