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".