Happy Mother’s Week!! I’m totally making this a thing! A whole week dedicated to all of you awesome mommas out there! Personally, I will be honoring my sweet momma in some different little ways on my blog this week. The first is the way to my heart…food. My mom always cooked the most delicious meals as I was growing up. She dreams of opening up her own diner someday & I think that would be the most perfect thing ever! She’s an amazing cook. I get most of my inspiration for my recipes from her.
This one is all her! She started making these green beans when I was about middle school or early high school age & our whole family loves them! They are seriously so yummy. The reason I love them so much is that all of the ingredients have so much flavor in and of themselves that you don’t have to add a bunch of seasoning and things to it. I call them “Texas Style” because of the fried bacon. It just reminds me of the south & home!
It’s so simple. And y’all all know my love of simple recipes! An added plus to this one is it’s a super cheap side dish! Less than $5. Your wallet will love you 🙂 & so will your tummy.
Here is what you’ll need:
2 cups of fresh green beans
3 cloves of garlic
4 slices of mesquite smoked bacon
Salt & Pepper
There are only a few simple steps to this recipe & that’s why I love it! Well that, & it just melts in you mouth. I like to prepare everything beforehand. To do this, just cut the ends off of your green beans like so.
The ends usually have little stems on them & it just makes for a more satisfying look, if you ask me. If I have some extra long ones, I will cut those in half because I don’t particularly like super long beans. But if you do, by all means, leave them that way! 🙂
Next, go ahead and rinse off your green beans thoroughly. Make sure all of them get coated in water and mixed around a bit. Always better to be safe than sorry when dealing with fresh vegetables. ALWAYS wash them before you cook them & eat them.
After you get those washed, set them aside. Bacon is the first thing that goes in the skillet, so go ahead and get those cut up as well. I use kitchen shears for these because it takes less than a minute and your hands don’t get as greasy! I cut mine into about 1 inch slices. Heat up your skillet on medium heat, and throw that bacon on there!
The biggest thing here is that you don’t want to cook the bacon all the way. Maybe about halfway. Until the slices start to look a little translucent and they begin to change color a bit. If you notice your bacon is cooking a little faster than you want, you can always turn the heat down. I know everyone’s stoves are different!
Once you start to see that color change happening, add in your green beans.
While you’re letting that delicious bacon grease and flavor coat those green beans, chop up your garlic. Super finely chopped. Then add that into the skillet. Still keeping the heat on medium or a little lower. You also don’t want your garlic to burn. Low & slow is sometimes the key to this recipe.
I usually let mine sit & cook for at least 20 minutes. I like my green beans to still have a bit of a crunch to them. If you like squishy and super soft green beans, that’s when the low & slow comes in. Just keep the temperature around medium-low & cook until it’s reached the tenderness you desire. Sometimes, covering the skillet helps a lot. The steam will help make those green beans softer a lot faster!
When the green beans are pretty much done, I add in the salt & pepper. Not a specific amount, just to taste. The bacon itself already has a good bit of saltiness to it, so you don’t need a lot of salt. Plus this dish is so savory, you really might not even need extra seasonings!
Stir & serve!
This little serving dish was my momma’s. She is obsessed with vintage pyrex. OBSESSED. She has some really awesome collections, though. I’ve gotten a few pieces passed down to me, & this is one of them. It’s such a perfect holder for these beautiful & scrumptious green beans!
I encourage you to make a meal for your momma this week! Food is just good for the soul & is such a sweet way to say “I love you”. And I’m sure she would LOVE my momma’s green beans 🙂 just sayin’.
Happy eating & Happy Mother’s Week!
Here’s what I used:
As always, God bless †