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German-Style Green Bean “Uncasserole”

Only 12 days until THE day. We’ve covered a lot so far, but there is more coming…so keep on keeping on!

My hope is that you have found a few recipes here in relation to this holiday that grabbed your attention. I had so much fun preparing this menu; I just need more of you to have the experience as well!

I know green bean casserole is the quintessential green bean preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday. I’m aware. And there is nothing wrong with that! Hey, who doesn’t love Frenches Fried Onions?

But IF you are looking for an alternative, I just so happen to have a lovely one for you.

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These green beans are with sautéed onions and apples, PLUS crispy crumbled bacon! They are tossed with vinegar and sugar for that whole sweet and sour thing.

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Basically if a green bean and autumn walked into a bar, this is what you would get.

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Blanch the green beans in advance. Crisp up the bacon early in the day (reserving the drippings) and finish the final sauté within the hour before the meal. Keep warm, or give a quick nuke (let’s be realistic here – sometimes a 45 second zap is fine!) as you are putting out the spread.

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12 days to go. I’m growing giddy with excitement. I am asking my husband to spray paint décor for my holiday table. He rolls his eyes but does it. I think Pinterest is his nemesis.

Where are you with your Thanksgiving planning? Is the menu set, or are you still making those final decisions?

German-Style Green Beans

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Total: 35 mins
  • Yields: 8 servings
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  • 3 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • 8 ounces bacon, chopped
  • 2 apples, cored and cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 1 large onion, cut in a medium dice
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Salt
  • Pepper


Bring 8 cups of water to a boil in a 5 QT Dutch oven. Blanch the green beans until they are just crisp-tender. Drain and set them aside.

In a large 12” skillet, brown the bacon over medium heat until it is crispy. Remove the bacon to a paper towel lined plate to drain.

Sauté the onion in the remaining bacon grease in the skillet over medium heat until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the apples to the pan and sauté until the apples are just softened. Stir in the brown sugar and vinegar and simmer for 1-2 minutes.

Toss the green beans with the apple and onion mixture. Stir in the bacon. Season with salt and pepper and serve.






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