Green Beans with Caramelized Onions
4 or 5 (14.5 ounce each) cans whole green beans
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup brown sugar
8 - 10 slices cooked bacon
Salt and pepper to taste
Drain most of the liquid off the green beans, reserving only about 1/2 cup liquid. Bring green beans to a boil in a large pot, then turn down to a low simmer. Saute onion in bacon grease (or olive oil) until tender, then add brown sugar to onion. Cook and stir on low heat until sugar and onion begin to caramelize. Pour the onion and sugar mixture into the simmering beans. Crumble bacon into the beans, add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for a few more minutes.
There are two things that I do a little differently from the original recipe as it was given to me. The original recipe called for 1 cup of brown sugar. I have cut that down to 1/2 cup, but if you want your beans sweeter, you may want to add more brown sugar. Also, after adding the onions, sugar, and bacon, I simmer the beans for a short while, but the original recipe indicated to simmer for 1 hour, so however you decide to prepare these beans, I think your family will love them.
They might even forget they are eating a vegetable!