Eat like a German - German Recipe:
Pears, Beans and Bacon

Pears, Beans and Bacon
Birnen, Bohnen and Speck
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Pears, beans and bacon - a classic from the north of Germany

In the North of Germany, especially in Schleswig-Holstein, there is quite a number of dishes mixing sweet and salty flavors.

One of the best known of them is the Gröne Hein, which is also known as pears, beans, and bacon and eaten in nearly all of Germany by now.

Of course, Northern purists like to point out that there are particular pears for cooking and special smoked bacons in the home of the dish.

However, preparing this classic with normal, green and firm pears and smoked ham works just as well.

It does, however, take time to prepare – but provides a taste that a mere perusal of the list of ingredients might not lead one to expect.


  • 1 kg green beans, washed and halved
  • 8 small, firm pears – they should almost be not quite ripe yet
  • 600 g smoked, nicely marbled, bacon cut in slices
  • 1 kg potatoes
  • savory
  • vegetable broth
  • salt, pepper
  • fresh parsley


Put the slices of bacon into a large pot and fill in vegetable broth.

Softly boil the bacon for about 15 minutes, then add the green beans and 2-3 sprigs of fresh savory.

In the meantime, cut the remainder of the flower off the bottom of the pears. Otherwise, leave them as they are, unpeeled! After 5 more minutes, add the pears to the beans and bacon and let everything stew for another half hour. Check if the beans got done.

On the side, boil the potatoes as either boiled or salt potatoes.

When the beans are done, carefully remove the pears.

Now, to serve: per plate, per person, two small pears, 1-2 slices of bacon, and beans.

Spread some chopped parsley over the beans and don’t forget to add a bit of the cooking liquids.

Potatoes should be served separately.

Goes nicely with a beer or, if you’d prefer, with a glass of white wine.

Gaby Leeser
Gaby Leeser

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