Old Fashioned Green Bean Recipe, with bacon and a sweet and sour dressing. A side dish that will compliment any meat entree.
Mother’s day was a tough one for me this year. You see, I lost my mom last August. All the eloquent writing skills in the world cannot describe what a great woman she was and the positive impact she had on who I am today. Strong, kind, smart, generous, giving, fun, happy … there, that’s a good start.
She was a good cook simply because she liked to cook and was always rewarded by putting a big meal on the table. And when I say big, I mean big. Growing up on a farm, we were often feeding one or more meals a day to “hired hands”, as we called them. A big fried chicken spread and roast beef were staples.
One of my favorite side dishes was her green beans. Sweet and sour, there’s bacon involved. I could never resist a 2nd helping.
She mostly made this recipe with canned beans, but I can remember sitting on the back stoop of the house snapping the ends off fresh green beans that were picked from her garden. Most years, my mom had a substantial garden plot just on the other side of the old chicken coop. Spending a considerable time fighting with the raccoons, she’d successfully grow sweet corn, green beans, tomatoes and whatever caught her fancy that season.
- 5 15 ounce cans green beans drained
- 10-12 slices of bacon
- ⅔ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup butter melted
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet (with edges, like this one) with foil. then spread out the bacon and bake it for 20 minutes, or until crispy.
While the bacon is cooking, open and drain the green beans, then spread them out in a 9"x13" baking dish.
In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, melted butter, soy sauce and minced garlic . Pour it over the green beans.
After the bacon is crispy, remove it from the oven, drain and chop it. Spread it over the green beans. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F, then bake the beans for 40 minutes.
Kansas Old Fashioned Green Beans … It’s what’s for a side dish.