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This is a recipe that I like to include in my menu when making a good ole southern meal. My sister passed it on to me after getting the recipe from our grandmother.


  • 1 lb green beans, washed
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 lb or so of some sort of cured pork: bacon, salt pork, ham hocks
  • Pepper to taste (lots!)


  • To prepare the beans, you want to remove the ends and break (or cut) the beans into about 1" lengths.
  • In a large pot, saute your pork for a few minutes to release some of the fat (don't need to fully cook it. It's there just for flavor. You're not gonna eat it)
  • Toss in the onions and saute until just tender. Add your beans, and cover with water. Lots of water cuz they're gonna simmer for a while. Sprinkle a good teaspoon of pepper in the pot and bring just to a boil
  • Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 - 45 minutes or until the beans are good and cooked. Not crisp tender....but soft! During the cooking time you may need to add another cup or two of water.
  • Remove pork and discard....(thanks for guys were wonderful)
  • Season as needed....most likely will not need much if any salt with all that salty, fatty pork.
  • Drain and serve

Categories: Side Dish  Southern US  Vegetable 

Author Credit: Grandmother

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