Recipe by Sandy in Oklahoma
This is a Paula Deen recipe, but it is the way I learned to cook beans nearly 50 years ago. Usually I cut my potatoes in half instead of peeling the strip from them because its faster and easier. This makes such good beans that you'll be wiggling like a speckled pup.
- 3 lbs fresh green beans
- 1⁄4 lb salt pork, sliced
- 1⁄4 cup bacon grease
- 2 cups chicken broth, plus more if needed
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 12 small red potatoes
- 1 onion, cut into slivers
- 1⁄4 cup unsalted butter, sliced
- ground black pepper
Directions See How It's Made
- Remove the ends from the beans. Snap the beans in 2 pieces, place into a colander, wash, and set aside to drain.
- Meanwhile, in a large cast iron Dutch oven, lightly brown the salt pork in the bacon grease over medium heat, turning often, for approximately 10 minutes. Toss the green beans into the pot, stirring them with a wooden spoon to coat well with the pork fat. Add the broth, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Cook over medium-low heat, covered tightly, for approximately 30 minutes, or until the beans are half done.
- While the beans are cooking, peel a center strip from each new potato with a potato peeler. At the end of 30 minutes, add the potatoes and onion to the beans; add 1/4 cup more broth, if needed. Cook, covered tightly, until the potatoes are tender, approximately 25 to 30 minutes, periodically checking the pot to make sure a small amount of liquid remains. When the potatoes are tender, tilt the lid slightly, off to the side of the pot, and continue to cook until the green beans are wilted, approximately 15 minutes. While cooking, add the butter and season with more pepper if needed.