There is nothing more tasty than a good old-fashioned country-style mess of green beans! My momma and daddy grew up deep in the country and learned a few things about country cooking. I grew up on that yummy goodness and they passed on a few of those secrets to me. Some are delightfully simple but in our time of health conscientiousness, some might question a few of the ingredients. I assure you, I come from a long line of healthy folks and I don’t believe that all our problems are food based. An active lifestyle can counteract a multitude of culinary sins. 🙂
Country Green Beans Recipe
- 1 gallon half-runner green beans
- bacon drippings
- 2 large green onions
- **salt pork
- boneless pork roast
- boneless pork chops
String and break green beans. Place into large pot with enough water to submerge the beans by 1 inch. Add the (cool or cold) bacon drippings of 1 lb of previously cooked bacon. Chop 2 large green onions and add to pot. Salt liberally. Cover and cook on high with lid cracked to allow steam to escape. Stir occasionally and do not allow to burn. As water is cooked down, taste beans to evaluate salt content. Add more salt if necessary (it probably will be). After about half the water is steamed away, turn beans down to low and simmer until beans are falling apart and very soft. Serve with cornbread, fresh tomatoes, and fresh green onions. Total cook time 1.5 – 2 hrs.
*For optional ingredients: choose a cut of meat (pork is best with green beans) and add at the beginning of the cooking process. Cook beans and meat until both are cooked thoroughly.
**Salt pork really isn’t eaten per se, it is used more as a flavoring. It makes the beans good and salty!
Note: Lard may be substituted for bacon drippings.