October 13, 2015

Southern Style Green Beans & Potatoes

Y’all, I cooked a feast yesterday. A flippin’ feast. I made hamburger steaks with rice and onion gravy. I made biscuits. I made squash casserole. I baked sweet potatoes. And I made cucumber salad.

But I couldn’t tell you anything about any of it.

Because I also made these beans and they’re all I ate. I couldn’t. get. enough. of. them. Once I finished what was on my plate, I wrapped my plate up and stuck it in the fridge to be eaten some other time. Then I went and got a big bowl out the cabinet and filled that sucker slap up with more beans and potatoes. And then I went to town on them.

When something tastes as good as these did, you don’t miss your window.

Sometimes I like to use whole small red potatoes (we call them 'new' potatoes), sometimes I use yukon gold or fingerling. You can use just about anything except baking potatoes (they won't hold up being boiled this long).

Southern Style Green Beans & Potatoes cooked low and slow (recipe includes both stove-top and crock pot instructions)

Southern Style Green Beans & Potatoes cooked low and slow (recipe includes both stove-top and crock pot instructions)

Southern Style Green Beans & Potatoes
2 pounds fresh green beans
8 slices bacon
1 onion, diced
3-4 large yukon gold potatoes, peeled
4 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Wash and trim beans then cut into 2-inch pieces; set aside.

Cut bacon into 1/2-inch pieces then sauté over medium heat in a large skillet until browned. Add onion and beans then continue to sauté until onion is translucent. Remove from heat.

Cut potatoes into large cubes and add to a large pot or Dutch oven. Add chicken broth, butter, salt, pepper and bean mixture (with pan drippings) to the pot then bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover then reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.

Notes:
  • You can make this with canned beans (probably 4-5 cans). Drain the beans and skip sautéing them. Just mix the drained beans with the onion and bacon before adding everything to the potatoes. Canned beans aren't as good but they're still pretty tasty.
  • You can also make this in a crock pot. Follow recipe except use a crock pot instead of the large pot or Dutch oven. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 or until potatoes are tender.
  • You can also use red potatoes or fingerling potatoes. You won't want to use russet or baking potatoes as they won't hold up being boiled this long.
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    34 comments:

    1. Yum, they sound delicious. I could make a meal from this alone.

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      1. you can also add some cream it makes it even better <3

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    2. Pssst. This is really good if you put carrots in it. You're welcome. ;-)

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    3. I remember when I was a kid my mom made this but she cooked her green beans to a slow death--like for hours. I was well grown before I realized this was not necessary.

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    4. We had these about once a week when I was growing up. I haven't made them in years, but I think they're on the menu pretty soon. Your recipe sounds spot on

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    5. I've been making these for decades, following in the footsteps of my mom, her mom, and her mom, and on and on!

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    6. You COULD make this with canned beans but don't do it. It's so easy to throw this together and cook in the crockpot and fresh beans make such a difference. This is one of my favorite dishes and I make it often. Also good with country ham instead of bacon.

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    7. Hey do you have a recipe for a firm bread pudding.

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    8. Yummm! Looks just like what my Granny used to make! Definitely good with ham instead of bacon, too!

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    9. I made these today to see if I might want to serve them for Thanksgiving. I'm not a fan of southern style green beans (and I'm from Alabama), but these were very good. My only change will be to not cook them quite so long. My potatoes were softer than yours appear. These will appear at my family's Thanksgiving and also my in-laws this year.

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    10. At 86 yrs. old... this is one of only THREE recipes that my Mother remembers how to make. She makes hers with much more broth and we eat it as a soup. Very, very good. I like the idea of this being served as a "side dish" ( or as a main course though) . Certainly YUMMY any way you choose to eat it If you prefer it as a soup simply add much more broth.

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    11. Love beans & onions like this but our family has been using a small beef roast instead of ham/bacon. It's great-try it!

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    12. Wow, amazing food. It looks so delicious. I want to try.

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    13. This is EXACTLY how I make mine and they are always delicious!

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    14. I grew up eating beans and taters like this but had no idea how to cook it. I made this Sunday and it was delicious! Maybe even better than Mommas! This recipe is a keep! Thank you for all your hard work.

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    15. Just made this tonight and it was amazing! Thank you :-)

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    16. My favorite dinner as a child. My momma always served it with cornbread.

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    17. My mom used to add white shoe peg corn to her green beans along with the potatoes and bacon etc. We would slice some tomatoes from her garden and it was all that we would want for dinner. This is the way that I make my green beans also.

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    18. Oh, my, girl...I am drooling. Who needs anything else?

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    19. My grandma used to make this dish and it was always my favorite! I'm sad I never got her recipe. I must try yours! Do you think it would work with frozen (thawed) green beans?

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      1. Yes! When you have a garden you have lots! I make them all year!

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    20. I made this recipe for Thanksgiving, it was awesome! I used new potatoes, fresh green beans and thick sliced pecan smoked bacon which made this even better. I'm eating some today for lunch with brioche rolls. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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    21. If cooking in a crock pot, will I need to cook the bacon first? Also, will the potatoes take as long as the green beans to cook?

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      1. I always cook my bacon first. Not till it is crispy. just something I do. As for the potatoes depends on how big you cut them.

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      2. In her recipe she cuts it up and fries it and adds the onions, cooks then till soft and the adds the green beans and let the saute for a few minutes before adding it to other stuff. Just go back and read from the start.....yum

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    22. I would fry the bacon first and drain it to crumble on top before serving. Just saute' the beans & onions in the bacon fat and add to the broth and potatoes. Who doesn't love crispy bacon?

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    23. Ham and green beans was one of my grandmother's specialties, but I've never tried it, because I can't find the right type of ham around me. Maybe I'll give this a shot instead.

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    24. How many "new potatoes" would I use?

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    25. So I ran out of bacon, but I have turkey legs in the freezer. Can I use that instead of bacon?

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      1. Smoked turkey legs...oh my. That would be so good!

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    26. We add corn and at the end my mom made a light cream sauce. She at times would just use cream corn and forego the white sauce! Homemade bread and butter rounded it out! I love this dish!!!

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    27. Thank you for this recipe!

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