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Southern Green Beans and Potatoes

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A satisfying vegetarian version of Southern Green Beans and Potatoes. It is the perfect side dish for a country fish-fry or a traditional holiday supper.

plated green beans and potatoes

Southern-style vegetables are pretty much known for their meat-heavy flavoring. We tend to use smoked meats like table salt. Smoked meats impart an intense flavor quality that sets southern cuisine apart from all others. This Southern Green Bean and Potatoes recipe capture the essence of traditional southern braised vegetables without the addition of direct meat flavoring.

What you need to make Southern Green Bean and Potatoes

frozen beans

Green beans– Use the microwave steam-in-the-bag variety to make it easier. Otherwise, you can steam them on the stovetop for 6-7 minutes until tender.
Red potatoes– The potatoes are parboiled in water for an additional 8-10 minutes to soften.
Yellow onion
Fresh garlic
Olive oil
Bouillon cubes, chicken or vegetable
Water
Salt and pepper to taste
Red pepper flakes, optional
12” skillet or larger

sauted potaotes

I’m using chicken broth seasoning with fresh garlic and sautéed onions as the braising liquid. An extra bouillon cube concentrates the flavors that penetrate the green beans and potatoes. You can use prepared chicken or vegetable stock equivalent to the water in the recipe but the flavor will not be as strong.

How to make Southern Green Bean and Potatoes

steamed green beans vertical

I’m using frozen green beans. Steam the green beans until tender on the stovetop or in the microwave according to package directions. Drain them and set aside.

boiled potatoes

Parboil the potatoes for 8-10 minutes over medium heat to soften. Drain and set aside in a bowl.
In the same skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil, onion, and garlic and sauté until softened.

pouring water into a skillet

Add the beans and potatoes. Season with the crushed bouillon cubes and black pepper and toss to coat well then add the water. Cover the skillet and drop the heat to simmer for 15 minutes. Season with salt to taste if needed. Serve with red pepper flakes if desired.

You may certainly use fresh green beans. Either way, the beans are steamed in advance to help them absorb the braising liquid more quickly.

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Southern Green Beans and Potatoes

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A satisfying vegetarian version of Southern Green Beans and Potatoes. It is the perfect side dish for a country fish-fry or a traditional holiday supper.
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:40 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 lb green beans steam in the bag
  • 3/4 lb red potatoes cut into 2 in chunks, boiled 8-10 min
  • 1 3/4 c water
  • 1 c yellow onion
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 crushed bouillon cubes chicken or vegetable
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Red pepper flakes optional to serve

Instructions

  • Steam the green beans according to package directions; drain and set aside. Add the potatoes to the skillet and cover with 3-4 cups of water. Parboil the potatoes for 8-10 minutes over medium heat to soften; drain and set aside.
  • In the same skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil, onion, and garlic and sauté until softened. Add the beans and potatoes. Season with the crushed bouillon cubes and black pepper and toss to coat well then add the water. Cover the skillet and drop the heat to simmer for 15 minutes. Season with salt to taste if needed. Serve with red pepper flakes.

Nutrition

Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 497mg | Potassium: 475mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Iron: 1mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: green beans, potatoes, southern
Servings: 6
Calories: 125kcal
Author: Ty

4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing. When it was posted on Instagram, i could practically taste it from the picture. My family loved it and it will become part of our rotation. So delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    Made these today to go with fried chicken – soooooo great!! Definitely recommend and will be making again! Thanks!

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