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Green Beans - German Style

These garden-fresh string beans are German-style green bean, with vinegar, onions, and cooked navy beans. Add some bacon crumbles for extra taste, or make it vegan with bacon-bits.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: German
Keyword: german style green beans, green beans, vegan
Servings: 8
Calories: 154kcal


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  • green bean french cutter


  • 1 lb string beans Frenched and blanched (450g)
  • ½ lb bacon fried until brown and crumbly. (50g) of crumbles. Substitute bacon-bits if vegan.
  • 1 large onion diced (225g)
  • 1 cup cooked navy beans (230g)
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil


  • Cook the Navy Beans until soft but not mushy. Set aside. Do not discard the water you cooked them in.
  • If you are using fresh string beans, french the beans or cut into 1-inch pieces. (click here) for where to purchase a great string bean french cutter. Blanch the string beans (for how to click here)
  • Cook the 1/2 lb of bacon until crisp and crumble into pieces, set aside. .are vegan use 1/4 cup imitation bacon bits instead
  • Saute the onion in 1 Tbsp bacon fat or vegetable oil until translucent. Add the flour to the onions and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the vinegar to form a thick paste.
  • Add the french cut string beans and navy beans. Add water from the cooked navy beans to thin the onion-vinegar paste until it is the consistency of sauce or gravy. Add the bacon or imitation bacon bits and heat until hot through.



1/3 of a cup of dried navy beans will yield one cup of cooked beans.
Replace the vegetable oil with 1 tbsp. of the bacon fat left over after frying the bacon.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 116mg | Potassium: 464mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 391IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2mg