Side Dishes

Old Fashioned Green Beans

Posted: April 13

Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

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Sometimes doing things the old-fashioned way really is the way to go! Old Fashioned Green Beans feature the crunchy, garden-fresh veggie flavored with tangy onion and fatty bacon. Add in a little butter and you have a side dish unlike any other. Old Fashioned Green Beans are perfectly designed to go with mashed potatoes and chicken-fried steaks, or any other country mainstay. These are a side dish so good you may want them more than the main course!


4-6 slices of applewood-smoked bacon, cut into 1-inch slices
1/3 cup onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 1/2 pounds fresh green beans, washed and with the ends cut off
3 quarts water, plus more as needed
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
unsalted butter, optional


Step 1

In a large dutch oven over medium heat, fry the bacon until almost cooked through on both sides, about 2 minutes per side.

Step 2

Add the onion and garlic and cook until the garlic is fragrant and the bacon is crispy, for about 1-2 minutes.

Step 3

Add the green beans and the water.

Step 4

Bring the water to a boil and cook until the green beans are fork-tender and cooked through, for about 15-30 minutes.

Step 5

Drain the water.

Step 6

Place the green beans, onions, and bacon in a serving bowl.

Step 7

Season with salt, pepper, and butter.

Step 8

Serve hot.

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