Cook beans in boiling water 4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Rinse with cold water; drain and pat dry.
Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in pan; crumble bacon, and set aside. Add onions to drippings in pan; cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add sugar and thyme; cook for 3 minutes or until onions are golden brown, stirring occasionally. Add the beans; cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Add vinegar, salt, and pepper; toss to coat. Stir in crumbled bacon just before serving.
French cut the fresh beans but other than that followed the recipe exactly. I've never been extremely fond of green beans and, to be honest, only make them as hubby loves them. Let's just say we fought over the leftovers. These are outstanding! The briny bite from the onions is crave worthy. The bacon really balances the vinegar. Yum!
I thought that this was a versatile, tasty recipe. I was a little short on green beans so I threw in some mushrooms and white zucchini. I used reduced-fat bacon as well as substituted balsalmic vinegar for the cider vinegar. I was quite pleased with the results.
made this for thanksgiving. was surprised by the vinegar taste from the onions but guests really liked it. used frozen green beans - would have been better with fresh, but i appreciated the convenience. good twist on green beans.
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