Two of my favorite vegetables in the summer time are fresh green beans and new potatoes. And when they’re combined and cooked with a little bacon grease, it’s pure bliss.
This is an old-fashioned dish that Bill and I both grew up eating when our Mom’s cooked it. So it brings back great memories from our youth each time I cook it now. I sometimes helped Mom stem and snap the green beans. It was not one of my favorite things to do back then. It was a chore! Love it now though ~ it gives me time to ponder whatever needs pondering.
Mom may have added a ham hock or bacon for seasoning but I usually just add bacon grease or a ham hock. Red or white new potatoes ~ both work and if some of the potatoes are larger, cut them in half. This is perfect comfort food!
Fresh Green Beans with New Potatoes
2 pounds green beans, stemmed, snapped and washed
¼ cup bacon grease or ham hock
2 pounds new potatoes
Salt and pepper, to taste
In a dutch oven, place green beans and potatoes.
Cover with water.
Add bacon grease or ham hock.
Bring to a boil.
Lower heat to simmer.
Season with salt and pepper.
Cook until done, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
This is a delicious side dish for any meal!
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