This is a German green bean
recipe attributed to The Art of German Cooking by Betty Wason. It's a wonderful
sweet and sour green bean recipe and would be a perfect use for your fresh, ripe,
flavorful pears. Remember, the best way to assure any recipe success is using
the freshest and best ingredients you can get.
Pears, Green Beans and Bacon (Birnen, Bohnen und Speck)
1 lb. green beans, trimmed and broken into pieces 6 firm ripe pears,
peeled, cored and sliced 1/2 cup water 1 thin sliver lemon peel 1
tsp. salt 6 slices bacon 1/4 cup sugar 2 tbsp. white vinegar 1
tsp. fresh lemon juice
Place the pear slices in a sauce pan with the
water and lemon peel. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer uncovered for
5 minutes. Then stir in the green beans and salt and continue cooking.
Meanwhile, fry the bacon in a skillet. When the bacon is crisp, remove it to a
paper towel to drain. Pour off all but about 2 tablespoons of the fat remaining
in the skillet. Add the sugar, vinegar and lemon juice to the bacon fat in the
pan. Simmer for 3 minutes. Pour this sauce over the pears and beans and cook until
tender. Crumble the bacon and add it to the beans just before serving.
Cook's Tip: As you can see from the picture above by the time
I got to making this recipe the pears had gone somewhat soft. However, it was
still delicious! Next time I'll buy, and use the pears on the same day, or with
a day or two.