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Green Beans Southern Style

Yield about 24 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 pounds fresh green beans
  • 1 (1-pound) pork jowl bacon
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 medium-size red pepper pods
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

How to Make It

  1. Remove strings from beans. Cut beans into 2-inch pieces; wash and set aside.

  2. Remove rind from bacon and discard rind. Cut off three 1/2- inch slices from bacon, and set aside. Cut remaining bacon into 1/2-inch cubes; set aside.

  3. Place beans, reserved bacon slices, water, and red pepper pods in a Dutch oven. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 2 1/2 hours. Add salt and pepper; cook 30 minutes or until tender.

  4. Place cubed bacon in a small skillet; cook over medium heat until crisp. Drain well. Garnish beans with fried bacon cubes.

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