Sweet and Sour Green Beans is definitely one delicious green bean recipe that deserves a place of honor in your repertoire of “go-to” recipes for green beans.
Side dishes don’t usually get top billing and are often overlooked because well, they are just side dishes! That is until today! A quick check of my blog reveals I am one of the worst offenders. Out of 192 posted recipes, only 10 are side dishes that aren’t salads or potatoes. And, believe it or not, I didn’t have one single recipe for green beans on my blog!
My husband’s daughter and her husband prepared a traditional and delicious Southern New Year’s Day feast for us on their most recent visit. It was really a treat, and the tasty meal had all of the usual characters including Hoppin’ John, cornbread, and pork. They also prepared this scrumptious Sweet and Sour Green Beans side dish which was amazing! Sweet and Sour Green Beans tastes just like its name because it’s both sweet and savory. But what puts it over the top is the addition of lots of bacon and water chestnuts! Yum, it makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Kara had gotten the recipe from her mother-in-law, Brenda Godfrey of Fairhope, Alabama and Brenda graciously allowed me to share this green bean recipe with you! Thank you, Brenda and Kara!
There are only six ingredients in Sweet and Sour Green Beans: canned green beans, water chestnuts, onions, bacon, sugar, and vinegar. That’s it! And it’s a quick and easy green bean recipe to prepare!
To prepare Sweet and Sour Green Beans, gather the ingredients and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Pan fry the bacon in a large saute pan over medium-low heat and frequently turn for about 10 minutes or until it is browned and crispy. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels. Leave the drippings in the pan.
Add sugar and vinegar to the pan drippings and stir until well combined. Add the onions and cook for 15 minutes.
Add two cans of green beans, one drained and one not drained, and add the can of drained sliced water chestnuts. Combine and simmer for 5 minutes.
Crumble the bacon and add it to the green bean mixture. Cover and bake for 30 minutes.