Southern Green Beans

These beans were one way Gene especially liked them cooked.  My sister-in-law gave me this recipe some 15 years ago at a family reunion and I still have my hand-written notes on how to cook these beans.  I added a little sugar and salt and pepper to taste.  Very simple but very good and the beans need time to cook.

I use to grow lots of beans and even with all that we ate fresh I always managed to can 1 to 2 dozen quarts a season.  Purple beans like Purple Burgundy were fun to grow even though  they turned green when cooked, the tiny filet beans you could eat right off the vine and Blue Lake bush beans were the ones I canned.

Lots of beans in Manchester

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Southern Green Beans

  • 3 pounds fresh  snap or bush beans, trimmed and broken into  pieces
  • onions, chopped (1 large)
  • 1/2 lb. bacon or salt pork (see comment below), Applewood smoked bacon adds more flavor
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. sugar

Fry half the bacon or salt pork until crisp; remove.  Save for a garnish on top of the beans before serving.   Pour off most of the fat and saute the onions until tender, about 10 minutes.

In a large pot add the fresh beans, the uncooked bacon and onions.  Cover with enough water and cook on low for 4-6 hours.  My notes say all day but I never cooked them that long as they can become too mushy.  Add water as needed…

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The three main ingredients and sauteeing the onions in bacon grease. I used Nueske Applewood Smoked Bacon this time.



Comment:  Gene preferred that I use salt pork in the beans and now I know why.  I am a lot more conscious about the sodium in food now and I was surprised to see how much sodium is in salt pork.  Two ounces has 1600 mg of sodium; low sodium bacon by Oscar Mayer for two ounces has only 160 mg of sodium.

Applewood bacon adds some additional flavor…

2 thoughts on “Southern Green Beans

  1. I remember Aunt Dorothy cooking green beans like this at the family reunion in the Smokies many years ago. I brought the beans with me from my garden in Michigan. They never tasted so good!


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