One-Pot Wonders

A Bowl of Beans and Bacon...German Style

April 23, 2013
4 Ratings
  • Serves 4 to 6
Author Notes

This is a take on Warm German Potato Salad with a classic bacon vinaigrette and white beans for potatoes. Nice as a side dish or on a buffet table, it's good served warm or at room temperature. And easy to make in one pan! —inpatskitchen

What You'll Need
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup diced sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 to 4 cups cooked white beans (Cannelini or Great Northern) or 2 15.5 ounce cans
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parsley leaves for garnish
  1. In a large saute pan, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove to paper toweling, leaving the bacon drippings in the pan.
  2. Add the diced sweet onion to the pan and saute until softened. Over medium heat stir in the sugar and vinegar and let come up to a simmer.
  3. Rinse and drain the beans and add them to the pan. Gently simmer for 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Chop the bacon pieces and add them along with the sliced green onion to the pan. Simmer another minute or two and then season with salt and pepper.
  5. Using a slotted spoon, remove the bean mixture to a serving bowl. There will be liquid left in the pan. Simmer for a few minutes until it thickens to a light syrup.
  6. Pour the syrup over the beans, garnish with the parsley leaves and serve warm or at room temperature.

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Recipe by: inpatskitchen

I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining. My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!

9 Reviews

Cj C. October 20, 2023
Easy and delicious!!
Eddie T. September 10, 2016
Wanted something different for the neighborhood October Feast. Perfect! Thank you
inpatskitchen September 10, 2016
Thank You Eddie! Hope everyone enjoys!
LeBec F. July 27, 2013
All riiiiight, I'm making this, and i'm going to use sherry vinegar and lovage! th you,AJ.
inpatskitchen July 27, 2013
Let me know how it goes Mindy...
foxeslovelemons April 23, 2013
This looks like a perfect side dish to take to a family gathering - a definite crowd pleaser, and something different than baked beans (not my favorite). Thanks for sharing!
inpatskitchen April 24, 2013
Thank you!!
mrslarkin April 23, 2013
This sounds fantastic!
inpatskitchen April 23, 2013
Thanks Liz!