Wednesday, May 23, 2012


 Years ago, when I worked in a grade school cafeteria, the green beans we were instructed to make were TERRIBLE! Upon seeing so many of them thrown in the trash, my co-worker, C, and I decided that we would create our own green bean recipe that the kids would like.

C and I compared how we each cooked green beans for our families, then combined our recipes together to create a Seasoned Green Bean recipe that the kids at school not only liked, but came back for seconds on! Not even the juice off of the was dumped.

After I eventually left for a different job, I continued to cook the C & A Green Beans for my own little brood at home..... they would have them no other way. And I still cook them this way for even just me. Here is our recipe:

Seasoned Green Beans
  •  9 slices (thin) bacon
  • 3/4 c. chopped onions (1 medium)
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 (14.5-oz) cans cut or French Style green beans
  • 1/4 rounded tsp black pepper (or to taste - optional)
  • 3/4 tsp. salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. granulated garlic (can also use garlic powder)
  • 1 T. butter
  • potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks (optional)
 In a large cooking pot, fry bacon until nearly crisp.
 Remove bacon, crumble and set aside. Add onions and garlic to bacon grease and saute just until onions are tender.
Add green beans, pepper, salt, granulated garlic (or powdered), butter,  and crumbled bacon.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about one hour.
If desired, add in large, raw potato chunks during the last 20 minutes of cooking; continue cooking until potatoes are tender.
Serve as a side dish with your favorite entree, or on its own with a side of Fried Cornbread. Even finicky green bean eaters will come back for more! 

Note: this is definitely a dish where any of your ingredient amounts can vary to your own taste without harming the recipe.
For my own personal tastes, I use much more fresh garlic. 
This recipe can also be easily adapted for use with Fresh Green Beans.


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