Home-Cooked Pole Beans

Home-Cooked Pole Beans Recipe
Photo: Charles Walton; Styling: Leslie Byars Simpson
This classic Southern bean dish features fresh pole beans flavored wtih crispy bacon.


6 to 8 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living


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


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

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

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.

February 1996
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