Life’s Good in the Kitchen – Southern Style Green Beans & New Potatoes

There’s no doubt I’ve always loved being in the kitchen!  Some of the best memories I’ve made in my lifetime have been in kitchens… whether it has been my own kitchen, a friend’s kitchen or a family member’s kitchen.  Today I’m sharing memories from my grandma’s kitchen with this recipe for Southern Style Green Beans with New Potatoes.

**Today’s recipe is sponsored by LG™  Home Appliances.  All opinions are my own!

Southern Style Green Beans & New Potatoes
I remember spending summers at my grandma’s during the day when my mom went to work.  We’d do all kinds of fun stuff, but what I remember most is Grandma cooking fresh vegetables from her garden. This is one of the recipes she made, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I always have.

What sticks out most in my mind is helping her snap buckets full of what she called “snap beans” sitting at the kitchen table.  There was one time I thought we’d NEVER get finished snapping all of those dang beans, but I tried to be a good sport.  :-)

Snapped Green Beans
We call them “snap beans” because once they’re picked from the garden, you have to snap both ends off, then snap the bean in half (after they’ve been rinsed).

Southern Style Green Beans & New Potatoes
Grandma made her snap beans with new potatoes, onions (sometimes) and any type of salt pork that she had on-hand.  I just use bacon, because it’s always in my fridge.

So I mean it when I say, “Life’s Good in the Kitchen!”, and it’s why I love cooking and making memories.  Katie Lee of Food Network’s The Kitchen  also learned how to cook in her grandmother’s kitchen at an early age.  The set of The Kitchen is full-on equipped with LG appliances (courtesy of LG) from refrigerators and ovens to microwaves and the LG cooktop.

Oh how I’d LOVE to have a monstrous kitchen like that with all of those appliances… the first thing I’d do is invite all of my friends and family over and have a night of nothin’ but hanging out and cooking.  I’m sure there would be a few cocktails mixed up, too.  :-)

Southern Style Green Beans & New Potatoes
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Here’s Grandma’s recipe for Green (snap) Beans and New Potatoes.  What’s your favorite memory in the kitchen?

Southern Style Green Beans & New Potatoes

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Southern Style Green Beans & New Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 5 slices bacon, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion (about 1/4 of a large sweet onion)
  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh green beans (rinsed well), ends removed and snapped in half
  • 1-1/2 pounds small red ("new") potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (more or less, to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon pepper (more or less, to taste)

Instructions

  1. Cook bacon pieces in a large saucepan over medium heat until lightly browned (but not crispy), about 4-5 minutes. Add chopped onion and continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Add green beans and potatoes and cover with water. Add salt and pepper.
  3. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, reduce heat to low and cover saucepan. Simmer gently for 50 minutes, or until green beans and potatoes are tender.
http://theblondcook.com/2014/07/green-beans-new-potatoes/

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