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green beans with pearl onions

Recipe by
Fredda Rosenbaum
Abilene, TX

Wanting a change, I decided to try those mysterious pearl onions from the fresh produce aisle, adding them to good 'ole green beans. They are a hit with my family! Peeling those onions takes patience, but the rewards are a better texture and flavor than frozen.

yield 8 serving(s)
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 1 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients For green beans with pearl onions

  • 2 - 1 lb
    cans whole green beans
  • 1 - 8 oz pkg
    pearl onions, fresh
  • 4 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    brown sugar

How To Make green beans with pearl onions

  • 1
    In a small saucepan, bring a 4 cups water to a boil.
  • 2
    Cut off the stem end of each pearl onion. Now rock your knife gently on the root end of the onion, making a shallow "X" cut.
  • 3
    Now, working with 6 at a time, boil the cut onions one minute. Remove the onions from the water, draining them on a folded paper towel. Toss 6 more pearl onions into the boiling water to keep the production line going!
  • 4
    When cooled a few seconds, pinch the root end of the pearl onion until the tender pearl pops out. You may have to give it a little encouragement, but it will work. Practice helps.
  • 5
    When all the onions have been peeled, place a 3 quart or larger saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • 6
    Add the butter to the pan, and stir in the pearl onions just as the butter melts. Turn the heat down to medium, and continue to cook, stirring frequently.
  • 7
    When the onions are getting translucent, add the sugar. This step helps the onions to caramelize.
  • 8
    Drain the 2 cans of whole green beans. Add them to the pearl onions, stirring gently.
  • 9
    Turn the heat down to low, and simmer until the green beans are steaming hot. Keep warm until time to serve.