I think every family has favorite recipes that may or may not have ever been actually written down as they were passed down generation to generation. One of ours was my grandmother’s green beans. She prepared it for years, as did my mother, and it was always a family favorite. I’ve played with it a little over the years myself, but not too much. It’s an oldie but a goody, and there are probably a lot of other grandmothers out there who made this dish as well. Here is my interpretation. Please consider this recipe as a guide as I never make it the quite the same way twice. (And I don’t think Grandma ever did either.)
GRANDMA’S HOMEMADE GREEN BEANS
- 1 to 1 1/2 pounds fresh green beans
- 3 or 4 red potatoes
- 3 or 4 slices of bacon
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
Wash green beans, snap off ends, snap into two or three bite-sized pieces and drop into a large mixing bowl. Scrub and dice the potatoes and add them to the beans. Cut bacon slices into small pieces and brown in a small stockpot. Once bacon is browned dump in the green beans and potatoes. Add chicken broth, stir, and cover. Reduce heat to low and simmer for approximately 30 to 45 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender and cooked all the way through. Stir occasionally, and, if necessary, add small amounts of water or chicken broth to prevent the beans from scorching. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve as a side dish with pork roast, pork chops or fried chicken.