Pennsylvania Dutch Green Beans

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Pennsylvania Dutch Green Beans are a German-inspired side dish. Canned green beans are enhanced with water chestnuts, onions and bacon and baked in a slightly sweet and tangy sauce. These can be eaten right away or prepped the night before for the perfect holiday green bean recipe.

Make Ahead Pennsylvania Dutch Green Bean Recipe:

I love these green beans with water chestnuts. End of story. Really, that’s all I need to say. They are downright scrumptious.

I made these for my little guy’s birthday party, and my family demolished the entire pan. Maybe it’s the bacon or the water chestnuts, or possibly the slightly sweet, slightly tangy sauce.

As the chef, I loved this Dutch bean recipe even more because it can be prepped ahead the night before. And, that’s exactly what I did. I made the entire recipe, refrigerated it, and warmed them up right before the party.  That’s a major time-saver when you have many dishes to prepare.  I even think these Dutch Beans with bacon tasted better the second day.

I also love that these Amish Green Beans use canned green beans instead of fresh. I’m a big fan of canned green beans; I often make this Crock Pot recipe for Christmas or Easter. I can’t wait to make these Holiday Green Beans part of our new tradition at the holidays.

Who are the Pennsylvania Dutch? This includes a large population of German Americans who immigrated to America over 200 years ago. And this recipe definitely has a German feel and flavor to it. My sister even commented that these reminded of something served at her favorite German restaurant.

This particular Make Ahead Green Bean Recipe comes from my Louisiana cookbook. Somehow, a German recipe ended up in Louisiana, and then landed in the hands of this particular Hoosier.  I love how food travels and evolves from person to person, place to place.

Pennsylvania Dutch Green Beans are a German-inspired side dish. Canned green beans are enhanced with water chestnuts, onions and bacon and baked in a slightly sweet and tangy sauce.  These can be eaten right away or prepped the night before for the perfect holiday green bean recipe. 

How to Make Dutch Beans with Bacon:

Instructions:

  1. Drain green beans, reserving the 2 cups of liquid.
  2. In a bowl, whisk bean juice, cornstarch, salt, dry mustard, brown sugar and vinegar until smooth; set aside.
  3. Fry bacon until almost crisp: remove bacon bits from the skillet, leaving the grease.
  4. Add onions and water chestnuts; cooking until lightly browned.
  5. Pour the green bean juice mixture into the skillet with the onions and water chestnuts; cook, stirring constantly until the mixture boils and thickens.
  6. Add green beans and stir.
  7. Pour into a greased 13 x 9 inch baking dish; sprinkle with bacon. Serve immediately or refrigerate overnight or until ready to serve.
  8. If prepping ahead, bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven until warmed through and bubbly, approximately 30 minutes.

For the full instructions for Pennsylvania Dutch Beans with Bacon, scroll to the bottom of this post. 

Notes About Make Ahead Pennsylvania Dutch Green Beans:

  • Be sure to reserve the juices when draining the canned green beans.  This recipe calls for 2 cups of juices.
  • The first step in the recipe involves making a slurry. The purpose of a slurry is to thicken a sauce usually using cornstarch or some other thickening agent.
  • Love water chestnuts? Try adding an extra can to this Dutch bean recipe.
  • To make this a make ahead green bean recipe, make the recipe and refrigerate until ready to eat. Warm the pan of green beans in a 350 degree F oven until bubbly. (The taste is even better the second day.)
  • The combination of brown sugar and vinegar gives these green beans with water chestnuts a German flavor profile.

 

Pennsylvania Dutch Green Beans are a German-inspired side dish. Canned green beans are enhanced with water chestnuts, onions and bacon and baked in a slightly sweet and tangy sauce.  These can be eaten right away or prepped the night before for the perfect holiday green bean recipe. 

 

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Pennsylvania Dutch Green Beans

Pennsylvania Dutch Green Beans are a German-inspired side dish. Canned green beans are enhanced with water chestnuts, onions and bacon and baked in a slightly sweet and tangy sauce.  These can be eaten right away or prepped the night before for the perfect holiday green bean recipe. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Casserole, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dutch beans, dutch green beans, dutch green beans with bacon, green beans with water chestnuts, holiday green beans, make ahead green beans, pennsylvania dutch green beans
Servings: 16 people
Calories: 117kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 4 cans green beans (16 ounce cans)
  • 8 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 4 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • 12 slices bacon, cut into pieces
  • 2 small onions, diced
  • 8 ounces water chestnuts, drained

Instructions

  • Drain green beans, reserving 2 cups of the liquid. Add cornstarch, salt, dry mustard, brown sugar and vinegar to the juice, whisking until a slurry is formed.
    Pennsylvania Dutch Green Beans are a German-inspired side dish. Canned green beans are enhanced with water chestnuts, onions and bacon and baked in a slightly sweet and tangy sauce.  These can be eaten right away or prepped the night before for the perfect holiday green bean recipe. 
  • Fry bacon pieces in a large skillet until crisp; remove bacon but leave the grease in the pan.
    Pennsylvania Dutch Green Beans are a German-inspired side dish. Canned green beans are enhanced with water chestnuts, onions and bacon and baked in a slightly sweet and tangy sauce.  These can be eaten right away or prepped the night before for the perfect holiday green bean recipe. 
  • Add diced onions and water chestnuts to bacon grease, sauteing until lightly browned.
    Pennsylvania Dutch Green Beans are a German-inspired side dish. Canned green beans are enhanced with water chestnuts, onions and bacon and baked in a slightly sweet and tangy sauce.  These can be eaten right away or prepped the night before for the perfect holiday green bean recipe. 
  • Pour in the slurry mixture, stirring constantly until the mixture boils.
    Pennsylvania Dutch Green Beans are a German-inspired side dish. Canned green beans are enhanced with water chestnuts, onions and bacon and baked in a slightly sweet and tangy sauce.  These can be eaten right away or prepped the night before for the perfect holiday green bean recipe. 
  • Stir in the beans.
    Pennsylvania Dutch Green Beans are a German-inspired side dish. Canned green beans are enhanced with water chestnuts, onions and bacon and baked in a slightly sweet and tangy sauce.  These can be eaten right away or prepped the night before for the perfect holiday green bean recipe. 
  • Pour into a greased 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Sprinkle top with bacon pieces.
  • Eat immediately or refrigerate overnight until ready to serve.
  • If prepping ahead, remove lid and cook in a preheated 350 degree F oven until warmed through, approximately 25 minutes.
    Pennsylvania Dutch Green Beans are a German-inspired side dish. Canned green beans are enhanced with water chestnuts, onions and bacon and baked in a slightly sweet and tangy sauce.  These can be eaten right away or prepped the night before for the perfect holiday green bean recipe. 

Notes

  • Be sure to reserve the juices when draining the canned green beans.  This recipe calls for 2 cups of juices.
  • The first step in the recipe involves making a slurry. The purpose of a slurry is to thicken a sauce usually using cornstarch or some other thickening agent. 
  • Love water chestnuts? Try adding an extra can to this Dutch bean recipe. 
  • To make this a make ahead green bean recipe, make the recipe and refrigerate until ready to eat.  Warm the pan of green beans in a 350 degree F oven until bubbly.  (The taste is even better the second day.)
  • The combination of brown sugar and vinegar gives these green beans with water chestnuts a German flavor profile. 
  • Looking for a Crock Pot Green Bean recipe? We've got one of those too!

Nutrition

Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 406mg | Potassium: 204mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 458IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

 

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