Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sweet and Sour Green Beans

Some people just love the traditional green bean casserole that graces the Thanksgiving tables in millions of U.S. households (you know, the one with the cream of mushroom soup and french fried onions on the top) . . . but I am not one of those people!

These are the green beans that we serve on Thanksgiving! I make them every year, and it just wouldn't seem like Thanksgiving without them.

This recipe is also very nostalgic to me. It comes from a restaurant called Van Abel's of Hollandtown, located right in the middle of farmland in Wisconsin. Van Abel's is a restaurant that does banquets weddings, funeral dinners, and the traditional "Friday Fish Fry". Banquets, weddings and funerals dinners are served "country style" or "family style", where they bring big bowls and platters of food, and everyone helps themselves and then passes it along. I've been to quite a few weddings at Van Abel's, and their food was always delicious. 

Gosh, I haven't been to Van Abel's in probably 20 years (since I moved to Georgia). A few of my favorite items on their menu were their pan fried walleye pike, their hash brown potatoes topped with cheese and fried onions, AND THESE GREEN BEANS! 

Let me show you how easy they are to make:

Here is everything that you will need.

Place green beans, with their juice, in a large pot and heat thoroughly.

Drain beans and place back into the pot.

Add the Miracle Whip®, vinegar and sugar to the hot beans and mix well.

Add the crumbled bacon and onion and mix well. Return to the stove and heat thoroughly.

Sweet and Sour Green Beans

  • 5 (14.5 oz.) cans of cut green beans 
  • 1/2 cup sugar 
  • 1/2 cup vinegar 
  • 3/4 cup of Miracle Whip® 
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion 
  • 8 slices of bacon, fried crisp and crumbled 
  1. Place the green beans with their juice in a large pot and heat over medium to medium-high heat until boiling, drain. 
  2. Place the drained beans back into the pot and add the sugar, vinegar and Miracle Whip® to the hot beans and mix well. 
  3. Add the onion and bacon and mix well. 
  4. Return to the stove and heat until hot. 

Adapted from Van Abel's of Hollandtown

Be sure to give them a good stir before serving, so you can get all of that creamy goodness from the bottom. It's like a hot bacon dressing!

Buon Appetito!


  1. What a great holiday dish and a yummy way to change up traditional green beans!

    1. Thanks Meal Plannin Maven! I just love these beans so much. I'm dreaming of next Thursday already! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. These sound delicious Kim. I'm not a miracle whip fan, but I can just see how it would work in this recipe.

    1. Thanks Renee! You can always use mayonnaise instead of Miracle Whip - the original recipe states that, but I really like the tang of Miracle Whip, so that's what I use.

  3. Kim! I am so happy to see this wonderful change from the traditonal green bean casserole!

    1. Thanks Kecia! They are so easy too - which is a big bonus!

  4. OMG..the best recipe yet!!! It's the only way we eat green beans now. Thanks for the awesome recipe! JJ

    1. Hey JJ!

      I'm so glad that you love them as much as we do! Thanks for trying them!

  5. Such news should be made more widely available.

  6. One of the hindrances to this sort of cooking is that cookware gets a lot dirtier than it does when cooking with a stove. food