As I was picking our first crop of green beans, I was reminded of the long rows of green beans I used to pick on the farm and, nostalgia took over . . . resulting in Country-style Green Beans w/ New Potatoes.
Growing up we snipped both ends of the beans -- now I just snap of the stem end.
Country-style Green Beans w/ New Potatoes
4 slices bacon, cut into thirds
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 pounds fresh green beans, stem ends snipped or trimmed
8 small new potatoes, halved or quartered if large
Fresh thyme leaves, optional
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. In a large saucepan or medium Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until it has rendered most of its fat and has begun to brown, about 5 minutes.
2. Add the onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes.
|Fat has been rendered from bacon; it has begun to brown & onions have been added to Dutch oven.|
3. Add the green beans, potatoes and thyme leaves and enough water to just cover them. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low.
|Beans & potatoes have come to a boil and it's now time to add the lid and simmer until tender.|
4. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, then cover the pan and simmer until the beans are very tender, about 45 minutes.