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Sweet-Sour Green Beans

This recipe is one I grew up with. My German grandmother Lulu Stoeckig Sanders shared it with us. We all loved this tasty dish and served it at many family gatherings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed, cut and cooked till tender, drained and kept warm
  • 6 sliced bacon, cut into 1/2 inch strips
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar

Directions

  1. In a large frypan cook the bacon until slightly crispy
  2. Add sugar and red wine vinegar
  3. Stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved
  4. Add more sugar or vinegar to taste
  5. Add green beans to marinade
  6. Let marinate 1 hour over very low heat before serving.

Voila!

Russian Style Cabbage

It’s the spicy, hot, sweet and sour flavors we love!

  

   

  • 4-6 strips bacon, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 head cabbage, not too large, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar 
  • 5 whole allspice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon whole mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon hot pepper seeds/flakes
  • 1  28 oz. can tomatoes, chopped
  • 1  15 oz can sauerkraut, drained 
  • 1/2 cup ketchup

Saute bacon in a large cooking pot
Add onion and saute until translucent
Add cabbage and stir.
Add brown sugar and spices and stir.
Add tomatoes and sauerkraut
Add ketchup
Bring to a boil and simmer 1 hour.
Add more spices as desired per taste.

The original recipe was from Grandma Korzin, but Aunt Olga and my Mom taught me to make it. Aunt Olga would make it for Thanksgiving every year at her home. We each developed our own version of this recipe, including my Mom, Sonia.  Grandma was from the Minsk region of Belarus.