Add more spices if desired (take a taste test every now and then). Fresh greens beans cooked low and slow with just a bit of smokey bacon bring back great memories of family suppers. Just donât tell Granny. Mix well and simmer on medium heat for 15 minutes. Cut 3 slits in fatback. Add butter and pepper. Cut the onion in half; then slice each half into thin slices. Add the garlic and onions and cook for a â¦ Thanks! In a skillet, cook the bacon on low heat, drain on paper towels, and set aside. Cook for 1 hour, stirring every 10-20 minutes. Have made these for over 30 years but add minced garlic for added flavor. This recipe is very different, because the beans are cooked quite a long time in lots of steam and liquid until they're soft and wilted. Allrecipes is part of the Meredith Food Group. Way to go! All of my aunts wanted the recipe, so I just wanted to send you a copy of what I did also. Great southern/country style. Use the broth to deglaze the bacon goodness from the bottom of the pan. Preparation - During the week, when our schedules are crazy and I need to get dinner ready quickly, I simply grab the pot of beans and reheat them on the stove for a few minutes. Place bean and bacon in sauce pan; add enough water to cover. A of butter is 8 oz or 1 cup, thus 1/2 half stick butter is 1/2 cup. These are people who know their country cooking! You saved Country Green Beans to your. Definitely a family favorite!!! But cook green beans low and slow in a broth flavored with bacon, and youâll go back for seconds and thirds. Will be the only recipe I ever use for green beans again!!! Test Kitchen tip: You can saute in butter, oil or a combination of the two. Then comes the unhealthy part! LOVE THIS!!!! I didn't grow up learning the ways of country cooking; my mom was raised by city dwellers, and so was I. In my case, I cooked the beans in boiling water for about five minutes while I sauteed the bacon, onions and garlic. PERFECT! The caveat to using butter is that it offers more flavor, but it tends to burn more quickly. If there are any left at that point, I will move them to a smaller covered storage container. Thanks for stopping by. Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat. Crumble cooked bacon, and set aside. I did this recipe a little different though. *** Butter: You may omit the butter, or reduce the amount, in order to make a healthier dish. Break ham apart and serve a few pieces with beans and potatoes with a little broth. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain; reserve drippings in skillet. (The juice from the green beans is excellent added to gravy if you are making gravy.) Personally, I use the full amount because it adds such a wonderful smoky flavor. When I know we're having mashed potatoes, I usually omit the new potatoes in this recipe (as I did in these photos) because new potatoes seem redundant if we're also having mashed potatoes. Add the bacon and onion and Thanks for sharing this recipe and your story of how you tried it and was a hit with the in-laws. SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on January 10, 2013: I love stir-fried green beans! Snapping beans by yourself can get tedious, but when done as a family project, it's actually fun, relaxing, and a great opportunity to tell jokes and stories. fresh green beans; 1/2 lb. Do you store the beans with all the juices? SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on June 07, 2012: I love stir-fried green beans -- I think they're delcious when they're crisp! You want to make sure that at least a small amount of liquid remains. Either way they are yummy! Identical! My in-laws request these green beans for basically every family gathering—and these are people who know their country cooking! 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