Stewed Green Beans - South African Farm Recipe

Recipe by Zurie
READY IN: 40mins




  • Wash and tail beans. Please note that you could use more; the quantity doesn't matter. If you're cooking for more than 4 people, use more beans and maybe 2 potatoes.
  • Cut the beans cross-wise into rounds -- anything from thinly sliced to 1" long.
  • Carry on until all the beans have been cut.
  • Put in a pot, and slice the peeled potato and onion over the beans.
  • Add about 1/3 cup water, sugar, white pepper and salt.(Yes, white pepper is the best here, but black pepper is fine). Don't mix: just put lid on and bring to boil, then lower heat and let simmer.
  • Bring to the boil, lower heat, put lid on, and let the whole lot simmer until everything is very soft.
  • Using one of those utensils (name?)which you use to mash any vegetable roughly, mash the beans, potato and onion, but don't try to beat it to a pulp -- there should be texture left (see photo's!).
  • Usually there is a bit too much liquid left. Drain this off -- I use a sieve -- or you can boil it away over high heat, but be careful not to burn the veggies.
  • Add a good knob of real butter, fork through, and sprinkle with nutmeg to serve.
  • This simple dish can easily be made ahead and warmed up -- the flavour improves.
  • Serve as a vegetable side dish.