Photo: Charles Masters
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
40 Mins
Serves 8 (serving size: about 2/3 cup)

Dress up green beans with pearl onions and balsamic vinegar to give this worthy-of-a-special-occasion side dish a nice flavor.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place beans into a large saucepan of boiling water; cook 3 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain well. Place beans in a large bowl; set aside.

Step 2

Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions; sauté 3 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Add broth, vinegar, and sugar; bring to a boil. Simmer 3 minutes or until syrupy. Add beans, remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons butter, salt, and pepper; toss to coat. Cook for 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

nymphaeae's Review

January 01, 2014
Good recipe for a Christmas or Thanksgiving accompaniment. Fast to cook, but peeling onions takes about 30 min.

bubbinsmom's Review

December 23, 2013
I made this according to the directions. Pealing the skins off of the pearl onions was a bit tedious but otherwise this was easy to make and delicious. The onions were sweet.

SingingGourmand's Review

December 08, 2013
I served these with the porcini-dusted chicken recipe from CL and they were delicious. I made them just as my guests arrived and kept them warm in a 180 degree oven. They were perfect.

RikkiP's Review

April 29, 2013
Special enough to serve for company, simple enough to be a weekday dish. I've made twice so far to speck. The only change being the 2nd time was substituting white pearl onions for red due to availability and it was still delicious.

Clobberella422's Review

November 24, 2012
I made these for Thanksgiving, and they were very well received. The one thing I did differently was to cook a few pieces of bacon and cook the onions in the fat, then crumble in the bacon at the end. It was really good that way, though I'm sure I'll try them without the bacon later on when I'm not surrounded by so many picky eaters. The bacon did go really well with the vinegar though, maybe helped to cut the sweetness a bit.

Marilyn143's Review

November 12, 2012

zmichelle's Review

January 12, 2012
I don't usually like balsamic glazed veggies (too sweet), but we had all the ingredients, so I figured I'd give this a try. I used white pearl onions because that's what I had- these were fantastic and so simple! My husband ate more than half of these in one sitting, and finished them off the next day. This has become a go-to recipe for guests!

jennitc's Review

December 23, 2011
I made these almost exactly according to the recipe and they were sooo good! even my kids loved them!

humboldt29's Review

November 26, 2011
I made these for Thanksgiving dinner. They are excellent! The onions & vinegar give the green beans a nice flavor.

CFLauxRN's Review

November 19, 2011
Delicious! I just used a regular onion and added some chopped bacon....SOOO simple and tasty!!