Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
From the cookbook, "The Glory of Southern Cooking" by James Villas. This is pretty much exactly how my grandma made beans straight from the garden.
- 2 lbs fresh green beans (do not use haricot vert)
- 1 ham hock (see note below)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- fresh ground black pepper
- 12 small red potatoes
- Note: The recipe called for a 1-inch chunk of streak-o-lean (lean salt pork), but the website doesn't recognize. You can use streak-o-lean if you can find it, ham hock, pork belly, or bacon.
- Pinch off the ends of the beans, and if necessary, remove any strings. Snap the beans into 1-1/2 inch pieces, rinse well in a colander and transfer to a large pot.
- Add the cooking meat, salt and pepper and enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer the beans slowly until tender but still slightly firm, about 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, rinse the potatoes to remove any grit, cut away a strip of peel around the center of each with a vegetable peeler.
- Add the potatoes to the beans, stir and continue to simmer until tender, about 30 minutes, adding more water if needed.
- Drain and serve hot in a large bowl.