These green beans and potatoes are a spectacular dish. I have been making them for years in large quantities for special events at my church. The smoked turkey tails make an excellent broth that is seasoned beyond words. Let the meat cook until it falls off the bone for the ultimate flavor, at least 2 hours.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the turkey tails and onion into a 4 quart Dutch oven and fill half way full with water. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer over low heat until meat falls off the bones, about 2 hours. Remove the bones and skin; return the meat to the pot. Discard bones and skin.

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  • Add the green beans to the Dutch oven and simmer for 20 minutes, then add the potatoes. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes more, or until they can be easily pierced with a fork.

Nutrition Facts

231.5 calories; 10.7 g protein; 42 g carbohydrates; 16.2 mg cholesterol; 935 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2008
I give this recipe a five because I have grown up with something very similar to this one and have always loved it. Living in Kentucky for many years, I have eaten this hundreds of times except cooked with ham hocks. This time I didn't have any ham hocks (or other necks or parts on hand) and just added beef bullion instead to my water. It gives it a 'meaty' flavor without any meat or parts. I also add lots of chopped garlic (in place of powder) and several tsp. of Mrs. Dash salt-free seasoning. I also added a can of dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed, to make a complete meatless main dish with lots of protein and fiber. I served it with some long grain and wild rice cooked with mushrooms, onion, and peas and called it a meal! You can play around with this recipe a lot. It's designed to be versatile, to fit many tastes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2008
I give this recipe a five because I have grown up with something very similar to this one and have always loved it. Living in Kentucky for many years, I have eaten this hundreds of times except cooked with ham hocks. This time I didn't have any ham hocks (or other necks or parts on hand) and just added beef bullion instead to my water. It gives it a 'meaty' flavor without any meat or parts. I also add lots of chopped garlic (in place of powder) and several tsp. of Mrs. Dash salt-free seasoning. I also added a can of dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed, to make a complete meatless main dish with lots of protein and fiber. I served it with some long grain and wild rice cooked with mushrooms, onion, and peas and called it a meal! You can play around with this recipe a lot. It's designed to be versatile, to fit many tastes. Read More
(64)
Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2008
I give this recipe a five because I have grown up with something very similar to this one and have always loved it. Living in Kentucky for many years, I have eaten this hundreds of times except cooked with ham hocks. This time I didn't have any ham hocks (or other necks or parts on hand) and just added beef bullion instead to my water. It gives it a 'meaty' flavor without any meat or parts. I also add lots of chopped garlic (in place of powder) and several tsp. of Mrs. Dash salt-free seasoning. I also added a can of dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed, to make a complete meatless main dish with lots of protein and fiber. I served it with some long grain and wild rice cooked with mushrooms, onion, and peas and called it a meal! You can play around with this recipe a lot. It's designed to be versatile, to fit many tastes. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/20/2008
I used 2 ham hocks in place of the turkey tails and 2 large cans of green beans with peeled new potatoes. I let the ham hocks simmer for several hours (about 4) before adding the beans (simmered about 30 minutes). Tasted great but next time I would use less garlic and less pepper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2010
YUMMY! The only thing I changed was I used bacon ends and pieces to flavor the stock, then cut the pieces up and put them back in with the green beans and potatoes at the end OH AND I used fresh green beans instead of canned so I had to adjust the time. AWESOME! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2008
I have used a similar recipe for years (sans the potatoes). I think I will try that next time. I also use fresh green beans (can't take the taste of canned) and add chicken broth instead of water. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2010
Cooking for two: Substituted a smoked turkey wing and used about 3 cups frozen whole green beans. DELICIOUS! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2010
This recipe is amazing! I've cooked it a few times and each time I use ham hocks in place of the turkey tail and it's my dad's favorite.. I will reduce the amount of pepper in the recipe next time simply b/c it gets a little hot for my grandmother and my children. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2011
I have also served this recipe for years, except I use fresh or frozen green beans (2 bags) and 1 pound of skinless smoked sausage cut into coins. Add water or broth and put all ingredients in the pot at once and cook until the beans are tender. Try it sometime. It's less greasy than ham hocks, but oh so good! And even better warmed up the next day! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/22/2011
I am just wondering, what is Turkey Tails. Never heard of this, of course I live in Canada, eh...lol...Sounds good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2010
This recipe was great! i used smoked turkey legs and simmered it in my crock pot overnight by morning i removed them from the broth and took all the bones and skin off put the meat back in the pot i added all other items and it was done by 12 GREAT!! i made enough for 12 people they all loved it! It was simple enough for me and im not a cook at all! thanks Read More
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