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Southern Smothered Green Beans

Yield Makes 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 to 6 bacon slices
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

How to Make It

  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon, and set aside.

  2. Cook celery and next 3 ingredients in hot drippings in skillet over medium-high heat 10 to 12 minutes. Add tomato and next 6 ingredients; cook, stirring often, 5 minutes or until beans are tender. Stir in bacon.