My husband and I were recently talking about prunes with another friend and they didn’t believe me that the trend now is to call prunes dried plums. Because prunes = old people. This recipe was (I think) in a recent issue of my Costco Connections magazine. I tore it out from somewhere and there is absolutely no publication information. I was happy to find this recipe on Sunsweet’s website after an internet search.
Sweet and Savory Green Beans
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
- 4 strips bacon
- 1 large shallot, thinly sliced
- 1 lb fresh green beans, ends trimmed
- 1/2 tsp each: salt and dried marjoram
- 1/3 cup dry sherry
- 1/2 cup Sunsweet® Amaz!n™ Diced Prunes
- freshly ground pepper to taste
Cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp; remove and drain on paper towels. Drain all but 1 Tbsp of bacon grease. Add shallots and cook for 5 minutes over medium heat to soften. Add green beans and seasonings; cook and stir for 5 minutes more or until green beans are crisp-tender. Add prunes, sherry, and cook until excess liquid has cooked off. Season to taste with pepper and crumble bacon over top.
Total Servings 4 Serving Size 1/4 cup
Calories per serving 132 Fat 3.5g
Cholesterol 10mg Sodium 312mg
Carbohydrates 21g Fiber 5.5g
Sugar 6g Protein 6g
I followed this recipe exactly (that never happens!). The only thing I would have done differently is to cut the green beans at least in halves. They looked beautiful, but they were a little awkward to eat. You could easily use frozen green beans and cook them a little longer to get to the crisp-tender stage (or more if you like your veggies softer).
Verdict: Delicious! My husband didn’t love the prunes, but I would make and eat these again. I loved the contrast between the sweet prunes and the acidic sauce. I might try them with dried cherries instead of prunes. Husband would probably like that better.