Greens beans are an easy and economical side dish that I serve often with my meals. One of our favorite ways of eating them is seasoned with bacon, which gives them a delicious smoky flavor.
This is the way my mom made green beans as I was growing up, and it’s the same way I still make them today. The secret is in the long, slow cooking. They just don’t taste as savory and delicious if you shorten the cooking time.
Old-Fashioned Seasoned Green Beans
1-10 oz bag frozen green beans (Use fresh if you have them, 1 lb. and increase water to 5 cups)
2 cups water
2 slices bacon , cooked and crumbled (Reserve bacon grease)
1/2 teaspoon salt
Place beans into a medium pot and add water, bacon, bacon grease and salt.
Bring beans to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 40 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. (If using fresh beans, increase cooking time to 2 hours.) If all the water evaporates before they finish cooking the full 40 to 45 minutes, add about 1/4 cup more water, and lower the heat. You want most of the water to be gone by the end of the cooking time though.
Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve hot.
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