Southern Green Beans
While I’m a fan of tender young green beans that have been steamed or slightly blanched and dressed with nothing more than a squeeze of fresh lemon, I actually prefer Southern-style green beans. For those of us who grew up on the Southern style, just sitting down to a goodly helping of these beans can bring tears of joy to our eyes.
Total Timeunder 2 hours
Make Ahead RecipeYes
One Pot MealYes
Five Ingredients or LessYes
Taste and Texturesavory, smoky, tangy
Type of Dishvegetable
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1½ pound country ham, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 pounds green beans, trimmed
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Dash of red wine vinegar
Fill a pot with enough water to cover the beans. Add the onion and ham and bring to a boil. Add the beans and cook very slowly until tender, about 1 hour, or to taste. Remove from the heat and pour off all but one quarter of the water. Season the beans with salt, pepper, and vinegar. Place in a serving bowl and serve with a slotted spoon.
1998 John Shields