When the green beans are ready to be picked - this is one of my go-to recipes. Green beans and bacon are a perfect match. The ham hock gives the beans a smoky flavor that just gets better with time. I like to sprinkle the bacon pieces over the top. They add a nice crispy touch to the tender green beans. You can easily double or triple the recipe if you have a large family or a get together. Everyone will love them!
In a medium sauce pan on medium low heat, render bacon until crisp, but not burnt.
Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
Add onion, garlic, green beans, and ham hock to pan. Add 1 cup of water.
Add pepper, and just a little salt. The bacon grease and ham hock will add some smoky-salty flavor.
Cook until green beans are tender about 30 minutes. Add butter and allow to melt. Taste for seasoning. When serving sprinkle the bacon pieces over the top. Enjoy with all of your favorite Southern dishes, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, corn bread - good eaten my friends!