Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is how my mother cooked green beans. It is still the most delicious way to do them.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 kg green beans, topped and tailed
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut into chunks
  • salt and pepper (to season)


  1. Place potatoes and onions covered in water and bring to the boil for approximately 15 minutes.
  2. Add the green beans for 5 minutes more.
  3. At this time the potatoes should be very soft.
  4. Drain the mixture of all the water.
  5. Add seasonings - a lot of pepper is delicious.
  6. Then take a fork and mash everything together - just slightly to meld all the flavours but still very chunky.
  7. Serve.


Most Helpful

This is a traditional "Sunday Roast" side dish in South Africa -with just a small variation - called Boere Boontjies (pronounced Boorah Boinkeyes). Not being so health conscious perhaps, we start the onion and potato in some butter and then add the beans with a fatty piece of stewing beef such as shin. We also cook for quite a bit longer so that the beans are quite soft. Maybe not great for cholestrol, but really tasty.

Shazzie April 06, 2008

Very good and health too.... I found that I liked the beans done just a little bit longer, although my husband liked the crispness in contrast to the soft potatos.

telliesmingus January 09, 2006

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