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You'll find fresh green beans, thick sliced bacon, onion, and amazing flavor in these southern green beans. We cook them slowly for the perfect tenderness. Add them as a garnish to almost any meal, they are absolutely delicious!
Southern Green Beans
We are a family that eats green beans. We do them several times a week. I'm usually pressed for time, so it's simply canned or frozen that I have to serve this great family of mine. Since I had some time to prepare our dinner over the weekend, we decided to make some of our favorite southern-style green beans for the Sunday dinner plate. It's been too long since we made them last.
If you haven't tried southern green beans yet, you've really been missing out. I can understand why some of you have not tried them yet. Many fear the fat of bacon. The dish is visually unappealing. Beans are never bright green in color and have no crunch. But if you prepare these bacon-laden green beans, you will suddenly overcome visual discomfort. I promise you will want to load your plate with a second help. They are so good.
There are a few variations of southern-style green beans, most of them include bacon. Some recipes like Paula Deens include new potatoes and some don't. Others will use canned green beans to make it easier. Some add additional spices, others keep the dish as simple as it should be. My recipe keeps it pretty basic with just a handful of ingredients.
When we make our southern green beans, we make them like the traditional southerners. I start with thick cut bacon. I even squander the really good bacon. I use 7 thick slices. You will notice many recipes on the Internet that will only use 4 slices. I know from the beginning that these recipes cannot be as tasty as mine. The extra bacon is really necessary. I'm sure those recipes taste wonderful, but they may not have as much flavor as my plate. Bacon is one of the key ingredients in my opinion.
Other recipes will make you leave the bacon in the pan during the entire cooking process. I never do this. I delete it until the end to add it again. The reason is that the bacon will get soggy. Also, there is a lot of bacon flavor infused from the bacon drops.
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I use fresh sliced green beans for our recipe. It takes a little time to rinse and trim the stems, but the fresh results are very good. You can use frozen green beans or even make them faster with canned green beans, but the results will not be the same.
We slowly cook our fresh green beans with a bacon broth loaded with onion and garlic. I add a little red pepper to add a little spice. The slow cooking process really makes these southern green beans melt in your mouth.
Ingredients for making southern beans
2 pounds fresh green beans 7 strips thick cut bacon 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 medium onion, diced 2 cups chicken broth 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/2 teaspoon salt
How to make southern green beans with bacon
Cut the bacon into 1 ″ pieces. Cook in large skillet over medium heat until lightly browned. Remove the bacon pieces from the pan and set aside. Add the onion and garlic to the pan. Stir to coat with fat. Get away from the heat. Rinse the beans and trim the ends of the stem. Add green beans and broth to skillet. Stir to mix, Cover and simmer for 1 hour, until the beans are tender. Uncover, add bacon, and continue to simmer for 15 minutes.
I have been tempted to make this recipe on Crockpot or my Instant Pot. I still have to do it. I am concerned that the results are very different. Maybe it would work very well, I'm not sure. Sometimes playing with a traditional old school recipe can be difficult. I'm afraid I won't duplicate the exact results that make the dish extraordinary. If you try any of those versions be sure to leave me a comment with your results.
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Southern style green beans
You'll find fresh green beans, thick sliced bacon, onion, and amazing flavor in these southern green beans. We cook them slowly for the perfect tenderness. Add them as a garnish to almost any meal, they are absolutely delicious! Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 1 hour 25 minutes Total time 1 hour 35 minutes
- 2 pounds fresh green beans
- 7 strips of thick cut bacon
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Cut the bacon into 1 "pieces.
- Cook in large skillet over medium heat until lightly browned.
- Remove the bacon pieces from the pan and set aside.
- Add the onion and garlic to the pan. Stir to coat with fat.
- Get away from the heat.
- Rinse the beans and trim the ends of the stem.
- Add green beans and broth to skillet. Stir to mix,
- Cover and simmer for 1 hour, until the beans are tender.
- Uncover, add bacon, and continue to simmer for 15 minutes.