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November 12, 2013


Rita's Green Bean Special is an easy, foolproof side dish that is loaded with bacon and French fried onions. This is a family favorite for the holidays or any day.

Rita’s Green Bean Special—A Family Favorite
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Anybody who has eaten dinner at my house more than once would have had this green bean dish. It is my family’s favorite vegetable side as well as a go-to entertaining food item. What makes it so doggone good? I’ll let you in on the secret; it is loaded with this little known ingredient called…bacon. Perhaps you have heard of it? (Sorry, lame attempt at banter.) Anyway, the dish is so tasty that my daughter, the bacon lover like her mom, can eat the entire batch at one sitting. I sometimes need to remind her to save some for the rest of us. No lie!

Rita’s Green Bean Special—A Family Favorite

This is a recipe that I got from my mother-in-law. She used to serve it at practically every Sunday dinner at her house where sometimes there were as many as eight diners. There are very few vegetable sides that eight out of eight people would devour; these green beans are one of them. Over the years, they became a staple in my home as well. 

Try it out. It is easy and foolproof. It will be a great addition to your holiday season menu. You might find non-green bean lovers digging into forkfuls of these! 

Rita’s Green Bean Special—A Family Favorite



4 (14.5 oz.) cans green beans, drained
1 (14.5 oz.) can low sodium beef broth
1 (16 oz.) package bacon
1 (6 oz.) tub French fried onions

Cut bacon into 3/4 inch strips. Add bacon to a preheated  large saucepan on medium high heat. Brown using wooden spatulas to separate bacon pieces, approx. 10 minutes. Drain fat. Remove 1/3 of bacon and set aside.


Return pan with bacon to heat and add green beans and beef broth. Cover and allow to come to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring halfway. Remove from heat. Drain most of liquid. Stir in two thirds of fried onions. Transfer bean mixture to a serving bowl. Top with the remaining fried onions and bacon.

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