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Maple Bourbon Green Beans

This recipe for Maple Bourbon Green Beans has an amazing blend of flavors with added onion, bacon and dried cranberries too.

maple bourbon green beans in a pan with wooden spoon

December 17th is National Maple Syrup Day. Of course the obvious choice for celebrating is to make some delicious pancakes or waffles or French toast, and drizzle maple syrup on top. Or you can go all out and make these amazing Maple Bourbon Green Beans to go with your dinner!

Share the maple syrup love today on social media by using the hashtags #NationalMapleSyrupDay, #MapleSyrupDay and #RecipesForHolidays.

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“And we picnic in the winter on maple syrup and snow.”

-The Magnetic Fields (Smoke Signals)

The History of Maple Syrup:

Facts from Maple Valley Cooperative:

The origins of maple sugaring (the practice of making maple syrup from sap) are steeped in legend. Native Americans began the practice long before Europeans arrived in North America. However, no one knows what tribe first discovered it. There are multiple legends regarding its discovery.

Early Native American methods of sap collection involved cutting a V shape into the bark of the maple tree and placing a wedge at the bottom of the cut. Sap would flow out of the wedge and into baskets that were placed at the base of the tree. The sap was collected and slowly boiled until it became syrup. At this point, they would allow it to cool and it would be kept in baskets. Generally, the gathering and boiling of sap was done by women in the tribe.

When European colonists settled in the area, they learned how to tap maple trees from the indigenous people. However, instead of using a wedge to extract sap, they would drill holes in the trees using augers. They would then insert wooden spouts into the holes and hang buckets from them to collect sap.

In modern times, there are many options for making maple syrup that are available to producers. Depending on which method they use, they are able to greatly increase production and efficiency in their production, thus lowering cost for customers. However, at its most basic level, the process has not changed much from the original method used by early Native Americans.

ingredients displayed for making maple bourbon green beans

🛒 Ingredients needed:

  • fresh green beans
  • onion
  • bacon
  • dried cranberries
  • maple syrup
  • bourbon
  • salt and pepper
four photos showing how to make maple bourbon green beans

✏️ How to make Maple Bourbon Green Beans:

*The complete, printable recipe is in the recipe card at the end of this post.

  1. Place the beans in a steamer basket over boiling water, and steam for 4 to 5 minutes (or until crisp-tender). Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the onion and bacon over medium-heat until the bacon is crisp; drain. Add the beans, cranberries, syrup, bourbon and salt/pepper. Heat through.
  3. Add the cooked green beans to the skillet, and toss. Serve immediately.
overhead shot looking into pan of green beans

➡️ Recipe Tips:

  • Use fresh, trimmed green beans for this recipe (or haricot verts). Canned or frozen green beans will not work well in this recipe.
  • Sweetened dried cranberries will be better in this recipe than fresh, tart cranberries.
  • You can absolutely leave out the bourbon if you don’t like to cook with alcohol.
  • And you can leave out the bacon if you would like this recipe to be vegetarian.
maple bourbon green beans on a plate

❤️ What I Love About This Recipe:

  1. Wow, what a great combination of flavors in a recipe for boring ‘ol green beans!
  2. This recipe makes everyone want to eat their green beans.
  3. It’s a great recipe to use for a holiday meal.
fork full of maple bourbon green beans

Fun Facts About Maple Syrup:

  • Of the 132 species of maple trees, only 3 species are used to make maple syrup. Black maple, red maple, and sugar maple are popular choices for syrup producers due to the high sugar content of the sap.
  • One tree can produce up to 15 gallons of sap per year. 40 gallons of sap can make 1 gallon of syrup!
  • Most of the world’s maple syrup comes from Quebec.
  • Maple farming is very weather-dependent. Producers typically start tapping trees in early spring, when the trees and their sap begin to thaw. In a good year, the sugaring season will last between four and six weeks.
  • Due to rationing during the Second World War, Canadians were encouraged to sweeten their food with maple syrup instead of sugar.
  • Celebrities attribute maple syrup to their weight loss and detox regime, which consist of consuming only maple syrup, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and water for 10 days straight.
  • Maple syrups are categorized as either A or B and graded from light to dark (and a B syrup is darker in color than an A syrup). Darker syrup tends to have stronger flavor.
maple bourbon green beans in a pan with wooden spoon

Maple- Bourbon Green Beans

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Here's an easy and delicious recipe for green beans!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh trimmed green beans
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 strips bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Place the beans in a steamer basket over boiling water, and steam for 4 to 5 minutes (or until crisp-tender). Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the onion and bacon over medium-heat until the bacon is crisp; drain. Add the beans, cranberries, syrup, bourbon and salt/pepper. Heat through.
  3. Add the cooked green beans to the skillet, and toss. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 148Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 221mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gSugar: 21gProtein: 4g

Nutritional information is estimated using a nutrition calculator. It's not likely to be 100% accurate.

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