This recipe is a family favorite. It’s a great side dish for so many entrees but we love to serve it with prime rib, ham and roast chicken. It was on our Christmas menu this year as a side to our prime rib. While the recipe requires multi-tasking and a watchful eye, the effort is worth the result! I prep the onions prior to starting anything and then prep the green beans while cooking the bacon. Don’t substitute anything for the cider vinegar. It makes a difference. Read through the recipe before beginning. This recipe is perfect for company too! It makes 12 servings but can easily be down-sized for a smaller group.
Green Beans with Bacon and Caramelized Onions
3 slices bacon
1 tablespoon butter
4 medium sweet onions, cut into thin wedges
2 cloves garlic, cut into thin slivers
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 pounds fresh green beans, washed, trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
Cook bacon until crisp in a large skillet. Remove bacon, drain and crumble, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in the skillet.
Add butter to drippings in skillet. Cook and stir over medium heat until melted. Add onions and garlic to skillet. Cover and cook over medium-low heat about 12 minutes or until onions are tender, stirring occasionally. Uncover, add vinegar and brown sugar. Cook and stir over medium-high heat about 4 minutes or until onions are golden.
Meanwhile, cook green beans in a large saucepan in a small amount of lightly slated water about 10 minutes or just until crisp-tender. Drain.
To serve, toss green beans and onion mixture together. Transfer mixture to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon.
Makes 12 servings.