Prep Time
10 Mins
Cook Time
7 Mins
Makes 4 servings

Add a special twist to ordinary green beans by tossing in a balsamic mixture. This quick side is a great addition to chicken or pork.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook green beans in boiling salted water to cover 5 to 6 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Plunge green beans into ice water to stop the cooking process, and drain.

Step 2

Stir together vinegar, brown sugar, and mustard until smooth.

Step 3

Cook shallots in hot oil in skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 1 minute or until tender. Stir in vinegar mixture, salt, and pepper. Add green beans; toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Ratings & Reviews

Looks fabulous in the photo on Souther Living, but...

November 16, 2016
Confused by this recipe. The description on Southern Living includes crispy fried shallots (which look thin sliced in the photo, not minced), bacon, and roasted almonds. I do not see those listed in the recipe. Is this recipe complete?

stacey4808's Review

February 11, 2014
This was a tremendous accompaniment to a pasta dish on a week night. My side dish offerings can get boring and repetitive if I don't find easy new ones. This was quick and delicious.

Elizabeth926's Review

April 24, 2012

dorothyb's Review

December 21, 2010
These were excellent! I wish I had doubled the recipe.

GatewayCook's Review

October 25, 2010
Very good and easy. I used a 1 lb. bag of frozen french-cut green beans, defrosted them, then threw them in with the sauce & shallots (according to directions). I then cooked it down a bit-which I think deepened the flavor. Served w/the roasted garlic & butternut squash cassoulet from this site.

Stef2485's Review

November 01, 2009
Love these green beans, I've made them several times and they're always a big hit.

ShellyV's Review

September 13, 2009
Great flavor...will make again!

carlybarley7's Review

June 16, 2009
I LOVED these green beans. My family ate them all, although they didn't seem to be quite as enthusiastic as I was about the new recipe. I didn't have shallots so I just finely chopped some onion and sauteed it (longer than a minute, I don't find those times are ever accurate), added a little garlic before I added the balsamic sauce and then cooked it down a little bit with the green beans. I felt it was important to let the sauce cook down a little because it had a VERY strong vinegar smell to it. If this happens to you too don't be afraid, it still tastes great after it's cooked up! I also felt it would be good with some nuts so I chopped up pecans and stirred those in (I would only recommend this with fresh pecans not store bought because they tend to be so oily). Overall great and would work for almost any occasion!

kindred1's Review

May 28, 2009
Soooo good and very easy! Best green beans ever! I will be making these quite often.

corinneja's Review

February 16, 2009
These were really easy to make and absolutely AMAZING!! I highly recommend them as a special side dish.