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Green Beans with Bacon-Vinegar Dressing
Vegetables & Side Dishes

The original recipe for this was printed in the World Wide Recipes ezine; I've made a couple of adjustments. The dressing is a nice variation.
 
1 pound green beans
5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
3 Tablespoons bacon drippings (add butter if you don't get enough from cooking the bacon)
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
fresh parsley sprigs for garnish
 
You can prepare the dressing ahead of time; fry (or cook in the microwave) and crumble the bacon. Combine bacon drippings (and butter if needed) in a 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup or other microwave-safe container. Add the vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper and heat for about 45 seconds on high.
 
Steam the green beans until crisp-tender, drain and place in serving dish. Pour warm dressing over the beans and sprinkle with the crumbled bacon and fresh parsley sprigs.

Serves 3-4.