Cooked low and slow these southern style green beans are combined with lots of crispy bacon, fresh onions and garlic to make a savory, melt in your mouth green beans your whole family will love.
We’ve been waiting for months for our pole beans to start producing a crop. And finally, our wait is over and southern style green beans are my absolute favorite.
While you’d think me being a northerner I’d prefer the tender-crisp northern style beans, I rarely make those. I generally make these or green beans and potatoes. While not as pretty on a plate as a northern style bean… the flavor of these is amazing.
Cooked low and slow and combined with crispy, smokey bacon and amazing flavors of onions and garlic these beans become melt in your mouth tender and delicious. We always go back for seconds and even thirds. Heck, sometimes I just want to make a meal out of these alone.
These take a while to cook in order to soak up the flavors and become tender, but it’s worth it. I usually make mine with bacon, but traditionally they were cooked with fat back. If you have access to it, use it… they’re delectable.
I typically start out by cutting four to five slices of thick bacon into four pieces each (for a total of 16 to 20 pieces of bacon). Then, I place them all in the saucepan I plan to use for cooking down the beans. Cutting them into smaller pieces just makes frying them up a bit easier. I cook the bacon until it’s crisp, add in fresh, diced onion and minced garlic and let it cook in the fat with the bacon for a few minutes. Then, I pull about half of the bacon out, leaving the grease in the pan for the beans to cook in with some broth.
You can remove all of the bacon if you want, or you can leave it all in. The catch with leaving it is it gets soggy. The benefit is it adds more bacon-y goodness to your beans. So, I try to utilize the best of both worlds, pull some out and put on a towel for when they’re finished and leave the rest in with the beans.
Once you’ve got the bacon removed, or not you’ll place your beans in the pot with all the grease. Then, I season them with seasoned salt and pour homemade chicken stock over the beans until they are just covered. Put on a lid and let them simmer over low heat.
You’ll want to cook these for a minimum of an hour but bumping it up to 2 makes them even more delicious. Sometimes, about halfway through cooking I’ve got to add just a little more broth to keep them covered.
When you’re finished, you’ll drain them off, add in the bacon you set to the side and serve hot. We really enjoy these served alongside spaghetti & meatballs. They both take about the same amount of time to cook and they pair together so well.
They’re also delicious with fried chicken. Heck… who am I kidding? They’re good with everything and no one is going to complain about eating their veggies tonight.
Green beans simmered low and slow with bacon, onion, and garlic to provide a delicious, melt in your mouth side dish.
- 4-5 Slices Thick Cut Bacon (cut into four pieces each)
- 2 Pounds Fresh Green Beans (ends removed, snapped in half)
- 1 Medium Onion (diced)
- 3 Cloves Garlic (minced)
- 1 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
- 1/4 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
- 1 Quart Chicken Stock or Broth
- Slice your bacon into about 4 pieces each. Place them in a large, 3 quart saucepan and fry until crisp.
- Add diced onion and garlic to your bacon and sauté them for 3 minutes until onion is tender and translucent and garlic is slightly browned.
- Remove about half of the bacon mixture, leaving behind all of the grease.
- Place green beans in pan, season with seasoned salt and red pepper flakes stir in bacon grease to incorporate.
- Pour chicken stock over beans until they're covered. Cover. Bring to a simmer over low heat. Stir occasionally and simmer for 90 minutes or until desired tenderness is reached; checking liquid level periodically and adding more if necessary.
- Drain green beans, return to pan. Stir in reserved bacon mixture. Serve hot.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 175Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 718mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 4gSugar: 9gProtein: 12g
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