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Hot Multi-Bean Salad

Adapted rom the cookbook that came with our first microwave 187 years ago. I’ve brought this to lots of potlucks and there’s never any left to bring home. Sweet and sour-ish. Not too good cold (unlike typical multi-bean salads) because the bacon grease congeals, and bacon grease is the key to the great taste

Hot Multi-Bean Salad
Recipe type: Side Dish
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Sweet and sour not-baked beans. Microwave makes them quick and delicious. As with any recipe that uses the microwave, adjust cooking times to your oven.
  • 1/4 lb bacon (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 can cut green beans (drained)
  • 1 can kidney beans (drained)
  • 1 can cut wax beans (drained)
  • 1 Large onion (coarsely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cups vinegar (whatever you like; cider vinegar works well)
  1. Put bacon into a 2 qt. casserole dish.
  2. Microwave on high for 3–4 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes.
  3. Remove bacon and drain, leave bacon grease in dish.
  4. To bacon drippings in dish, add sugar and cornstarch, blending well.
  5. Stir in salt, pepper, and vinegar. Blend well.
  6. Microwave on high for 3–4 minutes, until thick.
Put it all together
  1. Add drained beans and onions to dish, stirring well.
  2. Microwave on high for 6 minutes, stirring at 3 minutes.
  3. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with bacon pieces.


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