Jessica Holmes Shares Family Recipe for Her Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish: Dutch Green Beans

This is hands down Jessica Holmes' favorite Thanksgiving dish, and one that her family eats every year: Dutch green beans. The recipe was created by Jessica's great-grandmother and handed down through the generations. Bacon, onion and brown sugar add a flavorful twist to the classic green bean dish, and it's perfect for holiday meals and that "friendsgiving feast."

This segment aired on KTLA's California Cooking: Episode 9, a "friendsgiving" special.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound bacon
  • 2 bags of frozen green beans, about 16 ounces
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 "heaping" tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white or apple cider vinegar
  • At least 2 tablespoons flour
  • Salt

Directions: 

  1. Boil the water with a healthy "pinch" of salt. Add green beans and cook for about 2 minutes shorter as directed on the package.
  2. While the green beans are boiling, cut the bacon into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Cook the bacon in a heavy bottom pan over medium high heat, until crispy.
  4. Take the bacon out, leaving the bacon grease behind. Put the bacon on a paper towel lined plate.
  5. Add the chopped onion to the bacon grease
  6. Add in at least 2 tablespoons of flour to the pan, until you have the a roux-like consistency.
  7. Cook the flour out for a minute to get rid of the raw flour taste
  8. Add in a tablespoon or more of brown sugar to the mixture, depending the level of sweetness you desire.
  9. Add a 1/4 cup of white or or apple cider vinegar, more if you want an extra tang
  10. Add in the cooked and drained green beans
  11. Add in one cup of cooking water from the green to thin out the sauce; continue adding until you reach desired consistency.
  12. Stir in crispy bacon.