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Sheila's Down Home Green Beans Recipe

Updated on November 10, 2014
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SheilaSchnauzies is a Miniature Schnauzer rescuer, writer, crochet designer, gardener, crafter, wife, mom & friend living in Omaha, NE.

Green Beans With New Potatoes & Ham

My Family Loves These Green Beans!

I learned to make these green beans from my mama, who learned from her mama... and so on. These would be in the definite category of "comfort food" for me. You can make them with fresh picked green beans or canned ones – it really doesn't matter, either way is great. I'll give you the slightly different directions I use for the fresh ones. I make them extra special by adding chunks of ham and whole new potatoes. When I make those, I make quite a huge quantity and put away several containers to freeze for later meals.

If you're looking for down-home southern cooking, these green beans will fit right in!

Cook Time For Canned Green Beans

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: Serves 6


  • 2 cans Green Beans
  • 1 heaping tbsp Bacon Grease Drippings, Do NOT substitute bacon bits, it is nasty!
  • 1 heaping tsp dry onion flakes, OR 1/4 cup chopped fresh onion
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Making The Regular Canned Green Beans

  1. Place the two cans of green beans, liquid and all, in 2 qt saucepan.
  2. Add all other ingredients.
  3. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Cook covered for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Making Fresh Green Beans with Ham & New Potatoes

Use a large Dutch oven or kettle to make these!

When you make these, measure how many cups you have of fresh green beans. Season them by multiplying the seasonings for the regular green beans recipe by the number of cups you have, divided by four.

Add desired quantity of baked or fresh ham chunks and desired quantity of whole scrubbed new potatoes.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, and simmer for at least one hour or until green beans and potatoes are extremely tender. In my opinion the longer you can cook them the better they are!

NOTE you can also do this in a slow cooker on High.

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Next Time You Fry Bacon...

Start a bacon grease jar to keep in your fridge just to make these green beans – that's what I do! It keeps almost indefinitely.

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