I know, I live in the south so it’s kind of obligatory that I know how to make southern green beans, Right? Well kind of. Besides some people down here think it’s the only way to cook green beans. But let me tell you what lead to me deciding this time to make green beans “southern style”.
I had a wonderful Christmas! My house was full of all my family. My granddaughter was just old enough to get an idea of what Christmas was all about. Great food and great company. Then we only had two days to clean up the house, take a peek at all our fantastic new presents and get packed up to go on our yearly camping trip.
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It was so AWESOME to get away! (did I really yell that?) We have a really nice place to camp that’s only about 30 minutes from home so I can come back a couple of times to feed and water the ducks. That way I don’t have to get someone else to do it. On one of those trips home I happened to spot my green beans. In all the hustle and bustle of the holidays I had completely forgotten to pick them. Green beans should ideally be picked every other day. Oops! Now what was I going to do with the over mature green beans?
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If I have a weakness in my gardening, It’s definitely harvesting. Our growing season is at the busiest time of the year and sometimes it gets away from me. So as my husband was giving me that “you did it again” look, I decided not to feed these to the ducks. But steaming or roasting with a little EVOO and tons of garlic (which is my favorite!) was not going to cut it this time. And yes the camp stove was just the perfect place to make Southern Green Beans.
I hurriedly picked all the green beans I could find and rushed back out to the camp. I started by “stringing” them. My hubby and I discussed how when we were growing up they were called “string beans”. I guess with marketing “green beans” sounds better. Besides, if you pick them early enough, and with a lot of the new varieties, strings aren’t a big problem. But if you wait as long as I did to pick them they get pretty fibrous. Stringing them and then a long slow cook is just the trick to rescue these beans. Add a little bacon and a few pieces of diced onion and mmmmmm! Southern Green Beans!
I hope your holiday was just as wonderful as mine.
Whether you are from the south or from way up north (or maybe down under), I hope you get a chance to try some authentic Southern Green Beans in your own kitchen. Maybe even from your own garden!
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Here’s to a Ducky New Year!