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post #121 of 158
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Originally Posted by beachcakes

OK, first let me apologize in advance for being an ignorant Yankee...

Why would you put bacon grease in green beans? Do you fry them?




The bacon grease flavors the green beans! Yummy!

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post #122 of 158
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Originally Posted by beachcakes

OK, first let me apologize in advance for being an ignorant Yankee...

Why would you put bacon grease in green beans? Do you fry them?



You're not an ignorant Yankee--just not aware of how southern folks cook, I guess. Bacon grease gives green beans a wonderful flavor. Adds calories and all the bad things that make things taste so good. icon_lol.gif I either add bacon and bacon grease of a hunk of ham and chopped onion and chunk up some potatoes. YUMMMMMMM...big pan of cornbread and a sliced red onion. My mouth is watering.

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post #123 of 158
Ok so this was the wrong thread to open this morning before I've eaten breakfast. There is some bacon in the fridge that's calling my name now - thanks everybody!

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biscuits and gravvyyyyyyyyyyy yummmmmmmm
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post #124 of 158
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Originally Posted by beachcakes

OK, first let me apologize in advance for being an ignorant Yankee...

Why would you put bacon grease in green beans? Do you fry them?



Oh, darlin' (she said in her best southern drawl!). If you've never had green beans cooked with bacon and onion, then you've never had food!

True Story (and I consider it my best compliment on my cooking): Hubby took my green beans into work for a pitch in. A black co-worker came up to him and asked "Can I ask you a question? Is your wife black?" Hubby laughed and said no, she's not black. Co-worker said, "Well, those beans are a black recipe!" A black co-worker of mine gave me a big hug one day and said, "Debi, you must have some SOUL in your family to make beans like that!" My son-in-law, who is black, LUVS my beans!

I serve them at Every. Single. Buffet. that I do .... once a bride tastes them at the sampling, they are going on her buffet table!!! I can honestly say that I've NEVER done a buffet that didn't have these beans on it. ANd for a buffet for 100, I bring enough of veggie #1 for 100, but I bring enough beans for 150 .... and we usually run out or take 'em right down to the wire. (I always have leftovers on veggie #1.)

Some people fry the bacon and then add it to the beans. I don't.

Empty a can of beans into a pan. (I slightly drain the beans)
Layer some white onion on top (sliced and ringed).
Lay pieces of bacon on top of the onion (I cut the strips of bacon into 3 or 4 pieces rather than have big 'ole long pieces in there).
Cover and cook until the smell penetrates the house and your stomach growls in anticipation!

Notice I don't add any salt to this. The saltiness of the bacon is all you need.

now, this sounds really anal-retentive, but in my recipe you have to use white onion ... not yellow, not purple. And you have to put the bacon on top of the onion. As it cooks, the juice from the bacon will travel downward, pulling the onion flavor into the beans with it. If the onions are on top, the flavors don't blend properly. It sounds silly, but I'm telling you, if you put the onion on top, it won't taste the same!

My Aunt Helen brought these every year for Thanksgiving. I called them "Aunt Helen's Green Beans". She called them "Bean That I Made for Debi". icon_biggrin.gif
post #125 of 158
Wow! I feel like I've been missing something all these years!!

Thanks so much for the recipe debi, I'll have to try it!
post #126 of 158
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Originally Posted by beachcakes

OK, first let me apologize in advance for being an ignorant Yankee...

Why would you put bacon grease in green beans? Do you fry them?



LOL beachcakes, Down here in the south, you will almost never see a pot of green beans fixed without that bacon grease floating on the water. As a kid, I never knew green beans fixed any other way but as an adult, I have gotten away from all pork. I make my green beans Italian style, with a little olive oil and garlic powder added to the water I cook them in. Yummy.
post #127 of 158
I know we have gotten totally off topic but I have to add this short story.
When my ex boyfriend went to the Navy (45 years ago) he said he refused to eat their green beans because they weren't cooked. He had grown up eating them cooked to death with bacon grease.......Every time I served green beans he would tell that story. I will eat them cooked al dente but don't like them as well.

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post #128 of 158
Indideb, i am going to try that recipe. Have you ever tried country ham? Cook it in the green beans, add onion black pepper and salt. Then make some salt water corn bread. A meal in itself!!!
post #129 of 158
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Originally Posted by jackmo

Indideb, i am going to try that recipe. Have you ever tried country ham? Cook it in the green beans, add onion black pepper and salt. Then make some salt water corn bread. A meal in itself!!!



Okay........what's salt water cornbread?

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post #130 of 158
Sorry, it is Hot water corn bread.
post #131 of 158
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Oh, darlin' (she said in her best southern drawl!). If you've never had green beans cooked with bacon and onion, then you've never had food!

"Can I ask you a question? Is your wife black?"



We add some new taters to our beans. That'll make you hit your moma or slap your grandma.

I had a black co worker ask me one time if I was "mixed"? She was serious. I was talking about dinner at my grandma's (red beans, cornbread, fried taters, greens). Some of the best comfort food ever!!!
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post #132 of 158
Yes, DelightsByE you can come to dinner any time icon_biggrin.gif

I remember hog killen days with my grandparents, it would be a big day with lots of family. I also remember those hogs being as huge as bears.

I love cooking my soup beans with a ham hock in them.

New potatoes in green beans...ohhh so good. Cwcopeland have you ever cooked the new potatoes then fried them whole with a little oil or bacon grease....they are so goodddd.

IndyDebi, I do the same as you...put the bacon right in the green beans and let cook up with the bean...IMO the best way to do them.

My mother is still living, so I ask her if they ever used lard in their icing, She said "yes they had and that they couldn't taste the lard"...but she also went on to say, that they mostly had cakes like, apple stack or applebutter stack cakes, along with strawberry short cake, fried apple pies and blackberry cobber and any kind of pies you could think of. She said that she remember her mother making a icing with whipped eggs whites & cooked sugar syrup (this sounds along the lines of a IMBC type icing to me).
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post #133 of 158
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She said that she remember her mother making a icing with whipped eggs whites & cooked sugar syrup (this sounds along the lines of a IMBC type icing to me).
God Bless,
Sharon



That would be what my mom called 7 minute icing. Sometimes when my mom made it, it came out so fluffy and beautiful and sometimes it would turn to sugar. Guess it depended on the humidity. I still make it occasionally.

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post #134 of 158
Someone say something about country ham? icon_lol.gif Oh how I miss that and good ol biscuits and gravy. Glad to be going back to Georgia for a few days in December! icon_wink.gif

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post #135 of 158
I am in southern Louisiana and I use taso in beans, jambalaya and anything else I can find to put it in. do any of you use taso and if so, how does it compare to country ham?
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