Pruney Beans

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.

http://www.sunsweet.com/recipes/green-beans/

Sweet and Savory Green Beans

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions

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.

Nutritional Information
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).

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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.

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