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Mother-In-Law Approved Green Beans

When it comes to me and cooking, my number one rule is simplicity! My go-to dishes need to have less than 10 ingredients and take less than 20 minutes to prep. So when simple meets delicious I get pretty excited. This is especially important on Thanksgiving when there is so much going on. I don’t want to spend my whole day prepping and cooking. I would much rather be visiting with family and watching football. That’s why my favorite holiday side dish, to cook and to eat, has only 9 ingredients and takes about 15 minutes to throw together.

My number one goal when cooking is to make something my mother-in-law will love. She is a fantastic cook so when I make something that has her going for seconds, I’m pretty proud of myself. I used to be a green bean casserole girl around the holidays because what is better than crunchy onion straws on top of your veggies? I’ll tell you what’s better….BACON!!!!! These southern style green beans are cooked in bacon grease and then topped with everyone’s favorite crunchy breakfast meat. People will be begging you to make this dish for every holiday get-together.

What you’ll need to make 6-8 servings:

Put the kiddos to work snapping and cleaning the beans!

Put the kiddos to work snapping and cleaning the green beans!

Bacon, 8-10 slices

Green beans, 2 pounds of fresh cut green beans

2 cups of chicken broth

2  cups of water

½ teaspoon of black pepper

½ teaspoon of garlic powder

¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon of butter

The (Simple) How To:

  1. Get your bacon cooking in a big pot. Make sure the pot is big enough to hold all of your green beans because you will be cooking them in this pot with your delicious bacon grease.
  2. While your bacon is browning put the kids to work (if they are old enough) snapping the ends of the beans and cleaning them. I used to love this job when I was little.
  3. Once your bacon is cooked remove from the pot and set aside, but leave the grease in the pot. Then add all of your remaining ingredients except for butter. *Side note regarding your red pepper flakes: Depending on my audience I will be more liberal with the spice! But keep in mind a little bit goes a long way.*
  4. Bring everything to a boil, then turn the heat to medium low and let simmer for 2 hours. Check every so often to stir and smell the fruits of your labor!
  5. Meanwhile, finely chop your bacon. When the beans are done mix them up with butter and bacon. Sprinkle a little bit of bacon on the top.
  6. Enjoy!

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