Fresh Green Beans ~ West Virginia Style
Not to start another Civil War, and respecting all cooking styles, but here's the way you do it where I come from. =^..^=
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- fresh green beans
- ham, ham bone, or ham hock
- 1/2 Tbsp
- sugar, optional
- chopped onion
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4Add water to cover the beans.
7Cover & cook over MEDIUM-LOW heat for about 2 to 2 1/2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes (setting the timer so I won't forget) and checking on the water level. If it's boiling away too quickly, turn down the stove. Keep the beans covered with water for the first 2 hours of cooking.
When the beans are fork tender and start to fall apart a bit, remove the lid and allow the water to cook down for another 30 to 60 minutes, stirring more often & watching closely.
8I usually don't need to add additional salt since the meat is salty, but taste before serving to decide.
OK, stop eating those green beans and save some for supper! =^..^=