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.


★★★★★ 1 vote

6 to 8
10 Min
15 Min
Stove Top


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  • 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


  1. Fry 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.
  2. Add 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.
  3. Cut up pears. and zest from lemon.
  4. Add 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

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