I love slowly simmered, soft smoky Southern style green beans.
Ty's mama used to add a big ole ham hock to the pot which tastes great but adds too much fat and are sometimes difficult to find. She also added scoops of lard from a bucket but we won't go there.
For years I have used chicken broth, as the flavor is off the charts and keeps the dish within reason. If you haven't already discovered this gem, please use the Tony Chachere's seasoning, as it adds flavor beyond belief.
These beans are the perfect accompaniment to a holiday turkey and can be made days in advance and reheated for serving.
- 3 pounds fresh green beans, stem trimmed, and cut into 2 inch pieces
- Chicken broth concentrate, either a chicken bouillon cube, a packet of Swanson Flavor Boost or teaspoon of Better Than Bouillon
- Tony Chatchere's Creole Seasoning
- Add water to cover the beans in a large covered saucepan.
- Add the chicken flavoring, 1/2 teaspoon of the Creole seasoning and enough water to cover the beans.
- Bring to a boil over high heat, lower heat, cover and simmer for 40 to 50 minutes, until beans are soft.
- Remove cover and gently boil over medium heat until liquid is reduced almost to a glaze, another 20 to 25 minutes.