Green Beans

Al dente or mushy? Green beans can be cooked either way, and both ways have their boosters. Al dente is all about the vegetable itself. Just barely cooked, it retains a fresh green garden flavor. Cooked much longer, along with hambone or fatback, and maybe including bacon woven in among them, soft green beans celebrate the felicitous pairing of pork and vegetables – a duet in which pork stars and beans sing harmony. Green bean casserole is a classic home-ec dish made with cream of mushroom soup and canned crisp-fried onions. On many Thanksgiving tables, it’s a must. It is not unusual for taverns to offer battered and fried green beans as a munchie to go with drinks or a substitute for French fries alongside a hamburger.

Restaurants With This Dish

Freeman’s Bar-B-Q

BEECH ISLAND, SC

Partitioned plate is overloaded with multiple vegetables, BBQ pork, and fatback
Shealy’s Bar-B-Que

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, SC

View of Caro-Mi across the river ... heaven at the Blue Ridge Mountains
Caro-Mi Dining Room | Heaven at the Blue Ridge Mountains

TRYON, NC

The Blue Door Pub

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Aiken Fish House & Oyster Bar

AIKEN, SC

Bub & Pop’s

WASHINGTON, DC

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