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Monday, April 6, 2015

Country Green Beans

Country Green Beans or Southern Style Green Beans, cooked low and slow, and full of flavor. You can make this with fresh green beans or canned. As my grandmother would say when using a canned vegetable, "We have to doctor it up".

  • Green Beans - Fresh (2 lbs stemmed and snapped), Canned - (2 Family Size Cans, Cut Green Beans)
  • 1 Carton Unsalted Chicken Stock
  • 1 tsp Bacon Drippings aka bacon grease
  • 6 pieces Country Ham Bits or you can use fat back
  • 2 tbs Minced Onion - if using fresh onion use 1/2 a small onion minced
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt or to taste
  • Water
  • 1 can Whole New Potatoes (optional)- to add near the end of cooking

If you are using fresh beans, wash them, stem and snap beans into pieces. With cans drain the cans and fill with water and drain again.

In a stock pot add the bacon grease and seasoning meat (country ham bits) 

Add green beans, minced onion, onion powder, salt and pepper to the pot. Pour in 1 carton of chicken stock and add water as needed until beans are covered. Cover with lid allowing space for steam to escape. Slowly bring the beans to a light boil then turn down to medium low to simmer - about 2 hours

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