One of my favorite summer foods is what is affectionately referred to as a “mess” of green beans. Since I have to call my mom every summer because I can’t remember the cooking times I thought I’d post it here for everyone.
Green Beans and Potatoes
around 1 pound of fresh green beans, ends snipped off and cut/broken in half
1/4 c. chopped onion
salt pork or bacon or ham*
4-5 baby yukon gold potatoes or small red potatoes, peeled and quartered
Put the beans in a 4 or 6 qt sauce pan or dutch oven and add enough water to cover plus about 2″. Add the onion, meat, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and let simmer for around one hour with a lid partially covering the top of the pot. Check on it occasionally to make sure the water is not getting too low.
After an hour, add the potatoes and more salt and pepper. Let it simmer for around 20 minutes. Check your potatoes with a fork and if they are not done let it simmer for another 10 minutes or so and check again. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
Enjoy with warm cornbread and butter.
* Salt pork is the traditional meat. You can find in the meat section near the ham and bacon. It will come in a little block and look like really fatty bacon. I cut about 1″ off the block and cut it into smaller pieces. Add it to the beans raw or brown it some first. I don’t like to eat it afterwards but I know some people do and it’s better to eat if you brown it. If you use ham, the stronger the flavor of the ham the better. Just toss in about 1/4 c. cubed ham with the raw beans. If you use bacon, the thick cut smoky bacon is better and I like to brown it first and crumble it in.