My Grandma’s recipe for the BEST Southern Smothered Green Beans that are more delicious than you can even imagine! #sponsored #ad
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You guys! This recipe is absolutely delicious! I never knew that the way my Grandma used to make it was an actual recipe. I just thought that’s how you make canned green beans. But, recently, I was describing how she did it to my husband. His IMMEDIATE response was YOU HAVE to make this for Thanksgiving because it sounds AMAZING! I figured it was super easy, so I’d do a little test run and see what he thought before Thanksgiving. Spoiler alert, he ate it for days on end and asked me to make it again. He said it was even better than it sounded, and I had to share it!
I couldn’t believe that he would love something so simple, but I have to admit, it tasted like home the way Grandma made it. I have to admit. I’m a bit of a canned food convert. I used to preach that fresh was best, but in reality, all forms of fruits and veggies matter. The sad truth is America isn’t getting enough produce. And this may seem obvious, but those who readily embrace all forms of produce (canned, frozen, fresh, juice, etc.) consume more produce overall. And some research suggests they eat more quantity of all forms than those who don’t consume all forms. When it comes to produce, the more, the better! That’s how you flood your body with antioxidants and nutrients!
Canned produce items often make it from field to cannery much faster and fresher than fresh produce items make it to your local grocery store. And if you want fresh, you know that Del Monte has you covered with the quality and taste you know and love. Plus, they have many versions to meet your family’s needs and taste buds, such as regular, low-sodium, and salt-free, all of which can be used in this recipe! You will want to use the fresh cut in this recipe, though, and not the french style.
How to Make Southern Smothered Green Beans:
Simmer your green beans in the liquid of two cans with a little bit of sugar. This is why we don’t add salt unless you use salt-free green beans. Trust me. I promise they will be perfectly salted when you are done! You will simmer until all the liquid is gone. PS brown sugar is traditional, but my grandma always used plain old cane sugar.
Stay close because once the liquid is gone, you’ll want to add an oil like avocado, butter, or bacon grease. I’ll let you guess which one is the most popular in the south and which my grandma used.
Then it’s time to smother with bacon pieces, almonds, and french-fried onions. I think raisins would be delicious, too, for a sweetness hit, or go the other way and add some parmesan cheese. Both would be divine!
Swaps and Substitutions
- Canned Green Beans – please use four 15-ounce cans of Del Monte Fresh Green Beans. You can use regular, low-sodium, or salt-free. I do not recommend french style green beans as they aren’t hardy enough to stay together in this recipe. If you use salt-free, you’ll have to play around with adding salt in.
- Cane sugar – my grandma always used raw cane sugar, but I’ve done this with coconut sugar in a pinch. Any sugar will suffice! Can you skip the sugar? Sure! But I think the sweetness balances the saltiness creating the perfect finished product.
- Oil, Butter, or Lard – your choice, but you need some cooking fat! Grandma used bacon fat, I’ve used all three, and my favorite is butter or lard.
- Cooked Bacon Slices – Optional, but also kind of not, ya know?
- Sliced Almonds – Optional. Could sub with pecans, pine nuts, or something else!
- French Fried Onions – Optional for extra crunch.
How to Store and Freeze
Store: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.
Freeze: It is safe to freeze this recipe for up to 3 months, but I don’t recommend it due to a loss in texture and quality. In other words, it will not taste good when it comes out of the freezer.
Southern Smothered Green Beans
- 1 large deep skillet
- 4 cans Del Monte Green Beans regular, low-sodium, or salt-free
- 2-3 teaspoons raw cane sugar
- 6 slices cooked bacon slices
- 1/3-1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup fried onions garnish
- 3 tbsp butter, lard, or oil
- Drain two cans of green beans. Do not drain the other two cans. Add the drained cans and the undrained cans to a large skillet. You want the liquid to be no deeper than 1.5 inches. Turn the skillet on and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium or medium-high. You want the water to boil but not so hard that it rips your yummy green beans apart.4 cans Del Monte Green Beans
- Stir in some sugar. Now let boil until the liquid has evaporated. Minimize stirring during this time. Once or twice will do the trick. It will take around 20 minutes, so you have time to do things around the kitchen, but don't go too far. Once the water evaporates, the green beans start to sear, and you don't want to miss that, or your green beans will burn!04 cans Del Monte Green Beans, 2-3 teaspoons raw cane sugar
- Stir in the oil of your choice and let green beans sear for a few minutes. Then stir in chopped bacon and almonds. Let it sear a couple more minutes. Turn off the heat and top with fried onions!6 slices cooked bacon slices, 1/3-1/2 cup sliced almonds, 1/4 cup fried onions, 3 tbsp butter, lard, or oil