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Home-Cooked Pole Beans

Photo: Charles Walton; Styling: Leslie Byars Simpson
Yield 6 to 8 servings
This classic Southern bean dish features fresh pole beans flavored wtih crispy bacon.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds fresh pole beans
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar

How to Make It

  1. Cut beans into 1 1/2-inch pieces, and set aside.

  2. Cook bacon slices in a large saucepan until crisp; remove bacon, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in saucepan. Crumble bacon, and set aside.

  3. Add water and next 3 ingredients to saucepan; bring to a boil over high heat. Add beans; cover, reduce heat to medium, and cook 15 minutes or to desired degree of doneness. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon.