Fancy Green Beans

Pat Duran


This is my own creation and I first made this in 1960, when I lived in Grand Rapids,Mi. Everyone loved it and asked for it often.
The lemon juice gives this dish just the right amount of tart with the sweet.
I have made it with apricots too!

These are my own photos.

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6 to 8
10 Min
15 Min
Stove Top


6 slice
bacon,fried crisp and chopped
2 can(s)
(14 oz. each) cut green beans, drained and rinsed
15 oz
can pears, drain and reserve juice in measuring cup
1/2 c
pear liquid,or whatever you drained into measuring cup
1/2 c
water or whatever is needed to make pear juice equal 1 cup
2 Tbsp
granulated sugar
1 large
lemon juice, fresh; plus the zest
1 pinch
2 Tbsp
1 Tbsp
bacon grease,optional
to taste:
salt and pepper,optional

How to Make Fancy Green Beans


  • 1Fry bacon crisp, cool then chop up;set aside.
    Drain green beans in strainer and rinse;set aside.
    Drain juice from pears into measuring cup adding the water to make 1 cup liquid,pour into saucepan.
  • 2Add the sugar,nutmeg, lemon juice and all but 1 teaspoon of the zest. Stir in and blend in the cornstarch. Bring to a boil ,stirring continuously until mixture becomes clear. Stir in all but 1 Tablespoon of the bacon pieces.
  • 3Cut up pears. and zest from lemon.
  • 4Add drained beans and fold in the pears.
    Just heat until warmed.
    Pour into serving bowl and garnish top with reserved bacon and orange zest. Drizzle 1 Tablespoon of bacon grease over top if desired.

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About Fancy Green Beans

Course/Dish: Vegetables, Fruit Sauces
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American