Old South Green Beans and Potatoes

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr

An old southern recipe from Mississippi for green beans and potatoes. You can delete the bacon or ham hock and they still taste good. Green beans adds a special taste to potatoes and I love it.


  1. In pot cover green beans with water and boil till tender with potatoes and bacon (or ham hock); drain.
  2. Add your favorite seasoning (I like butter, salt, and pepper).
  3. Remember ham hocks take a little longer than green beans, so if you use a ham hock, boil it first till tender then add the rest and cook. I personally never use ham hock due to fat content--I usually just use the bacon strips. I only listed it here as it was in the old south recipe.
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OMGsh ... this was SO good. My hubby is a mid-westerner and always talks about beans and potatoes. I saw some recipes that had ham and/or sausage, so I threw in a cut up Smoked Sausage and 1/2 water, 1/2 chicken broth. I didn't think I'd really like it (I consider myself a bit of a gourmet!), but it was amazing. Something about cooking the beans and potatoes together. Also -- I added about 2 T. of butter at the end, made a great 'broth' to dip the potatoes in. Thanks for posting this.

Kmac May 10, 2010

Just like mom used to make, and like I have repeatedly made it for decades. Thanks for sharing with the world.

DEEP May 11, 2010

I used a ham hock and it turned out so delicious that the 2 of us ate just about all of it!

JuJuBeJen August 24, 2009