Green Beans, Southern Style!

"This is the recipe for the authentic green beans my Grandmother made and passed down through the generations! You will have to reserve some bacon grease next time you fry bacon, because there is no substitute for the flavor it gives green beans! Bon appetit, Y'all!"
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  • Place green beans, bacon grease, oil, garlic salt and pepper in a medium pot.
  • Cook on high until boiling.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 1/2 hour.

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  1. Bacon grease and green beans - how can it miss? We don't eat green beans from a can so I used fresh. For the liquid, I used about 1/4 cup of vegetable stock. Simmering for 1/2 hour made the green beans tender crisp - which is just how we like them! Yum! Thanks for posting! Made for PAC - Spring 2009
  2. Born and raised southern gal here and this is the exact way I cook fresh green beans and it is a southern staple!!!
  3. Good beginning, a Southern mom, daughter, granddaughter, add a little onion and especially sugar! Can't ever remember a family reunion without green beans! Could always tell newcomers to the family(non-southerners) because that was their first question, "Could I get this green bean recipe?"
  4. You can use canned greens but make sure you pour off the salty water from the can & add water to the beans 3 or 4 times to get rid of the can taste<br/><br/>add your bacon along with the bacon grease, crushed peppers & a little garlic. Add your green beans with a little water or broth, about 1/4 cup. Simmer about 20 minutes. Delicious!! I do this if I am short of time or unable to get fresh green beans.
  5. Great southern comfort food. I halved the recipe and these were great with oven fried chicken and mashed potatoes. Thanks Mommy Bean for a nice comfy side dish. Made for Alphabet Chef Soup Tag.


I am the proud mother of 3..... 2 girls and a boy. This is a picture of myself and my oldest daughter, who is now a married woman, and is a Recipe Zaar member, known as "Sarah in New York"!! I have been married for 30 years to a wonderful Christian man who is crazy about me, and calls me "Bean". Everyone wonders how he doesn't weigh 300 pounds, the way our family eats! I was raised by a mom that was a chef from West Virginia, and I learned to love to cook....and to appreciate how to use a good glassful of reserved bacon fat ") My family has been in ministry to troubled teenagers in upstate New York for 28 years. Both my daughters are married now, and we all work in the same ministry, one teaching music like myself, and the other, a teacher in the high school. My girls and I also travel and sing with teens from our ministry throughout the year in churches, schools, and detention centers all over the USA and Canada. My son was in Nigeria for a year, teaching English in a Christian school, and is now back in the U.S. attending college in upstate N.Y. He is an accomplished guitarist and is one of the worship leaders in his church. I love this website that my daughter, "Sarah in New York" introduced me to! :) I am a blessed Mommy Bean :) Please check out the link to the home for troubled teens where we work! <img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"><img src="">
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