Total Time
Prep 12 hrs
Cook 2 hrs

This is a southern tradition and is served mainly at the holidays. The original name was Leather Britches.


  1. Wash about 1 cups of dried green beans.
  2. Place them in a pan with 4 cups of water.
  3. Let stand overnight.
  4. Next day, pour off the water in which the beans were soaked and rinse them well.
  5. Put the beans into a large pot with a close fitting lid.
  6. Add 3/4 teaspoon salt. 3 cups of water, and a 2 inch square of salt pork. (can use bacon grease).
  7. Cook over medium heat for about 3 hours, adding more water if need.
  8. Note:.
  9. Dried beans swell as they soak, what you think is just a little turns out to be a lot when cooked.
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Thanks Jacqueline, these were wonderful!! Easy to fix and wonderful flavor.

FrannieJ December 28, 2007